Senior Caroline Noble won second place in the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Awards Scholarships for an essay she wrote about domestic violence.
The Committee grants scholarships each year to three local seniors who submitted essays about domestic violence. Brookline seniors Anna Russo and Sabrina Lee won first place and third place this year, respectively.
Created in memorial of Jennifer Lynch, a former Brookline town employee whose husband ended her life February 2006, the Committee helps to promote awareness of domestic violence.
Noble said, “Domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes in the world, and a lot of people do not understand that it is a huge deal and is happening to so many people––one in four women are in an abusive relationship.”
In her essay, Noble said she wrote about healthy and unhealthy relationships and described how unhealthy relationships can be the roots of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is not stemmed from hatred of the other person, but rather from love,” she explained.
The three scholarship winners read their pieces in an annual vigil honoring Lynch Monday, Oct. 22.
“I was really happy when they sent me the email that said I won second place, but it didn’t really kick in until the actual ceremony when I read it and got a certificate for my award,” said Noble.