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President Ilves awarded prizes today to the winners of the essay contest


Today in Kadriorg, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded prizes to the winners of the essay contest entitled “What Kind of Estonia Do I Want to Live in?” The papers were assessed in three categories, and the judges selected the best essays from among basic school and secondary school pupils as well as adults.


Basic School:

I place – Grete Helena Kütt from Rocca al Mare School

II place – Lauri Kanarbik from Rakke Upper Secondary School

III place – Marija Gromova from Tartu Annelinna Upper Secondary School


Secondary School:

I place – Kadi Soop from Tartu Tamme Upper Secondary School

II place – Karoliina Raudsepp from Miina Härma Upper Secondary School

III place – Toomas Aasmäe English College



I place – Maire Liivamets from Tallinn

II place – Artur Taevere from Harjumaa

III place – Maria Jürimäe from Tartu


“When I announced the contest, I was convinced that Estonians have many smart, good, and constructive ideas,” President Ilves said when handing over the prizes. According to the Estonian Head of State, the large number of entries confirms the wish of the people to actively participate in the shaping of Estonia’s future. “Writing is also part of a civil society,” added President Ilves.

The essay contest was organized by the Ethics Center at the Unversity of Tartu in cooperation with the Academic Advisory Board of the President, Akadeemia magazine and the Ministry of Education and Research. A total of 326 papers were entered in the contest.


Additional information:
Margit Sutrop 
Ethics Center of the University of Tartu 
tele: 737 5427
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