- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Milton High School senior is the winner of the annual State of the Union essay contest held by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president.

Sanders’ office says Meredith Holbrook’s essay focused on the need to address domestic economic issues, such as hunger, homelessness and strengthening Social Security.

A record number of nearly 800 Vermont students entered the contest - giving their views on what they see as the major issues facing the country. Twenty entries were chosen as finalists by a panel of teachers.

South Burlington High School senior Vivian Huang won second place followed by Ryan Racicot, a senior at Milton High School, who took third.

The winners’ and finalists’ essays will be entered into the Congressional Record.

Sanders is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

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