State of the Union Roundtable

Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted a roundtable discussion with the 20 finalists of his annual State of the Union essay contest for Vermont high school students.

A panel of five Vermont teachers judged the essays and selected Alexina Federhen, a junior at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, as the winner of the contest.

The judges awarded Katharine Mayo of Twinfield Union School second place. Two students -- Robert "Will” Aldrich of Mount Abraham Union High School and Brian Townley of Woodstock Union High School – tied for third place.