PHS junior's essay takes top prize

Becca Phinney, winner of the high school division of a Bonneville Power Administration essay contest, stands with the second place winner in the college division, Linda George Meanus who was raised at Celilo, the topic of Phinney's essay.

PENDLETON - Becca Phinney is a word weaver. Her creations have gained her recognition at Pendleton High School, where she's a junior. Now her words have won an essay contest sponsored by the Bonneville Power Administration.

Phinney appeared at BPA on Nov. 30, where she received $300 for her winning entry in the high school division of the competition which celebrated National American Indian Heritage Month.

She wrote about the Columbia River before the dams that give electricity to BPA. The essay, entitled "Celilo Falls - Echoing of Falling Water," contained "poignant prose" according to a news release issued by BPA.

Phinney, the daughter of Wil and Carrie Phinney of Pendleton, is 16.

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