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Rachel Mohn, of Wilmette, is a winner of our Mother’s Day Essay Contest for an essay written by her daughter, Amara. Photos Submitted
Jane Merydith (left), of Northbrook, is a winner for an essay written by her daughter, Stephanie Moretta.
Mary LoGiudice of Lake Forest, is a winner for an essay written by her daughter, JoAnn Desmond.
Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor
12:57 am CDT May 9, 2019

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908. Every year since, sons and daughters have found countless ways to honor their mothers. 

Here at 22nd Century Media, we give readers an opportunity to let mom know how much they mean to them with our annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest. 

The winners, as chosen by our editorial team, were selected from the coverage area of our seven North Shore publications stretching north to Lake Forest and south to Wilmette. 

We would like to thank our contest sponsors Morning Glory Flower Shop (locations at 1135 Central Ave., Wilmette and 1822 Glenview Road, Glenview) and Lake Forest Flowers (546 N Western Ave., Lake Forest) for generously donating prizes to our winners. 

Without further ado, here are this year’s winners and an excerpt from each of their essays:

Rachel Mohn, of Wilmette, (Essay written by her daughter, Amara)

“No, she has not won the Nobel Prize, and she was not the first woman on the moon, but she is my mother, and that is all I could ask for. When I think of my mother, I think of a few words, compassion, dedication, and unconditional love.”

Jane Merydith, of Northbrook (Essay written by daughter, Stephanie Moretta)

“Retired now, she recognizes the importance of each day. Of course, she’ll join you for a bridge game or cook dinner for your family if you’re feeling overwhelmed. ... Her strength and positivity continue to amaze me.”

Mary LoGiudice, of Lake Forest (Essay written by daughter, JoAnn Desmond)

“In spite of the travails of her early life, my mother was a survivor and a very smart and resourceful woman.  ... She was the motivator for my father to be a successful businessman and his ever-present caregiver until his death from Alzheimer’s.”