Winner named in Sesquicentennial essay contest Posted in: Lifestyle Class of 2022 Elgin Sesquicentennial Essay Contest winner MacKenzie Elder (left) and Sesquicentennial Committee Co-Chair Deborah Cartwright (right). MacKenzie is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship for her winning essay highlighting the railroad as the greatest historical impact in Elgin's 150 year history. A total of 21 essays were submitted and anonymously ranked by a panel of six judges. Special thanks to Elgin ISD for coordinating this once-in-a-lifetime competition. The winning essay will be a part of the Founder's Day Birthday Bash program on Saturday, August 20 and will also be included inside the official time capsule, set to be ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!