The 2020 Good Life Award Writing Contest is now closed. Read the winning entries!
Honoring the life of Dottie Yeck, a champion of children, who believed that one is never too young to have an impact on the world.
Contest Dates: September 29, 2020 - October 20, 2020
Entrants must live or attend school in Montgomery County, Ohio, and be enrolled in a curriculum for grades 7-9.
You could win the top prize of $3,000! Three additional prizes of $500, $250, and $100. Honorable Mentions will receive a certificate and be individually recognized.
Rebecca is a graduate of Alter High School (Valedictorian) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (Top Academic Graduate and Top Overall Graduate, 2015) where she studied Astronautical Engineering. She's a native of Washington Township and most recently completed her Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar. For fun, Rebecca rowed for the Blue Boat at Oxford (2017) and was CoSIDA Women's Div I Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year, 2015. Currently in flight training school, her dream is to become an astronaut.
"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." ˜ Robert Burns, Scottish poet and lyricist (1759-1796)
"If 'Plan A' didn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool." ˜ - Anonymous
Step 1: Develop a Plan
Review the criteria by which you will be judged.
Step 2: Write to the Prompt
Think about any plans you may have made for the spring and summer of 2020. In what ways did the pandemic quarantine cause you to look at your life differently?
How did you manage your expectations after the Coronavirus Pandemic caused cancellations and mandatory isolation? Using personal examples, give the reader a sense of how your expectations were impacted by your realities and how your attitude and mindset were affected. Keep in mind Dottie Yeck's philosophy of being good and doing good will result in having fun and being happy.
|Clearly Addresses Prompt||Includes a description of the writer's attitude and actions during the recent period of self-isolation with respect to expectations and realities. Writer fully illustrates how they were able to show strength of character, what they learned about themselves (and, possibly others), and how Mrs. Yeck’s philosophy of Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy can be applied to the situation.||3|
|Creativity & Style||Rich details and examples that reveal personality and a strong writer’s voice. Consider citing personal emotions, values, and beliefs. Consider the use of inspirational quotes, poems, songs, or passages, etc., to reflect beliefs.||3|
|Clarity of Content||Organized and easy to understand with good ideas for others to consider. Uses all elements of Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.||3|
|Accuracy||Writing mechanics and format do not detract from meaning. Content is correct in punctuation and spelling.||1|