Kellie Courtney, a senior at Johansen High School, has won the 2007 American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest .
Her essay was chosen from among 268 entries submitted by juniors and seniors at 15 schools in Stanislaus County.
A panel of educators and community members read all of the essays, selecting the best 19. The top 10 winners were chosen by several Stanislaus County Superior Court judges. As first-place winner, Courtney will receive a $2,000 scholarship.