The 2019 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 9, 2019 - October 8, 2019
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 will be awarded plus $25 for honorable metions.
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.
"Believe you can, and you’re halfway there." ˜ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye." ˜ Lucille Ball (1911-1989)
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." ˜ Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel) (1904-1991)
Step 1: Develop a Plan
Review the criteria by which you will be judged.
Step 2: Write to the Prompt
As you navigate through your teen years, every day is a fresh opportunity to re-think, re-act, re-do, and re-create yourself, your attitude, and your impact on the world. But there are many ups and downs on this journey to self-awareness, and becoming the person you want to be isn't always easy. Many external influences, such as school and the opinion of others, can impact your self-confidence and sometimes your choices.
Develop a plan for living a good life. Using personal experiences as examples, give the reader advice on how to build self-confidence while exploring how school and others can affect that self- confidence. How do you block negative impacts while building up the positive? Be sure your plan reflects Dottie Yeck’s belief that being good and doing good will result in having fun and being happy.
|Clearly Addresses Prompt||Includes a description of a situation and/or time when the writer was able to demonstrate self-confidence in a situation even when it may be been difficult to do so. Writer fully illustrates how they were able show strength of character, what they learned, and how Mrs. Yeck’s philosophy of Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy leads to having a good life.||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|