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Holiday Celebration Scholarship Winners

2019 winner
Holiday Celebration Winner

Madeleine Song

High School Senior
Haworth, NJ

“Thank you, Moneysolver, for helping streamline and cover part of the costs for my college payment process. To any students reading this now and putting off writing an application: submit! You never know :)”

Yesterday, my best friend Michelle drove home from Pittsburgh. This morning, I woke up to a text from her. Two words: “Cookies today?”

I knew exactly what she was talking about: Ina Garten’s thumbprint cookies, the kind we’ve been making since second grade. We roll the dough into balls, fill them with apricot jam, and wrap them up as presents for our families.

Baking is my favorite way to celebrate the holidays with my friends. Sure, we could go shopping, or go see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, but we would rather stay in and spend the hours baking together in our pajamas. We repeat tried-and-true recipes, but also try out desserts that have caught our eye in the time we were apart. Green tea macarons. Peanut butter brittle. We knead and bake, our hands covered in butter and our stomachs aching with those deep belly laughs that hurt a little.

People move away and visits become shorter. There’s more to do and less time. But more than a tree or mistletoe, it’s a thumbprint cookie with lemon jam that proves that holidays have arrived.

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