Three students from Niles West High School in Skokie will be attending the speech given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Loyola University on April 26. The students were chosen based on essays written for their school-sponsored Dalai Lama Essay Contest. They will also receive a $1,000 prize and have the opportunity to ask the Dalai Lama a question.
Here’s the full story from the Niles Herald-Spectator:
Niles West High School junior Passang Gonrong submitted an essay titled “Nonviolence” and was one of three local high school students whose essay was chosen in the Dalai Lama Essay Contest. Gonrong will receive a certificate, a $1,000 prize and will attend a public talk given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on April 26 at Loyola University Chicago. She and five guests, along with her principal, Kaine Osburn, will join other winners and their guests on the stage at the Gentile Center at Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus.
“Every life, no matter how small or big, is precious and has meaning,” wrote Gonrong in her essay. “Teaching nonviolence should be as important as teaching math. Just like the concepts of math are taught and practiced in and out of the classroom, methods of nonviolence should also be encouraged and exercised daily.”
Gonrong will have the honor of reading her essay at the event and also have an opportunity to ask the Dalai Lama a question.