South student wins nationwide MLB essay contest

Published: Apr. 10, 2018 at 6:16 PM CDT
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Jesse Quist, a South High School athlete, won the MLB & Scholastic Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest.

In the winning essay, Quist wrote about the difficulties of growing up without fully-functioning arms.

The essay format requires students to tell personal stories while using one or all of the nine values that Jackie Robinson exhibited throughout his life.

In one part of the essay, Quist wrote about the time he fell during a Jr. High track meet. Without arms to break his fall, Quist broke his clavicle. In the essay, Quist used humor to explain how he then learned how to 'tuck and roll' in order to save himself in the future.

Prizes for winning the essay contest include a trip to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, a trip to the 2018 World Series game, a new laptop, and a school visit from Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson's daughter.