The 2017 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 11, 2017 - October 10, 2017
Entrants must live or attend school in Montgomery County, Ohio and be enrolled in a curriculum for grades 7-9
Winner will be awarded a certificate and a $3,000 prize.
If you have a question, please feel free to contact us about the Good Life Award Writing Contest.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ˜Anne Frank
"In every job that must be done there is an element of fun; you find the fun, and snap, the job's a game." ˜Mary Poppins
"Be well. Do well. Have a lot of fun." ˜Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart Simpson
Step 1: Develop a Plan
Review the criteria by which you will be judged.
Step 2: Write to the Prompt
Each year we focus on one of the four elements of Mrs. Dorothy Yeck's equation for how to lead a life that is fun, purposeful, and happy: "Being Good + Doing Good = Being Happy." This year's emphasis is on "Having Fun", but, when writing your entry, keep in mind how this year's prompt relates to this bigger concept.
Donating your time to help others makes you feel good about yourself. It gives you a sense of responsibility, tolerance for others who may be different than you, job skills, and a feeling that one person can make a difference. When people depend on you, it can change the way you look at yourself.
Describe a time in your life when helping others was fun, felt good, and made you happy. Be specific with your example. Do you think you give more when you're having fun? Are you fulfilled when others rely on you, and does having fun inspire you to become more involved? How do you think that affects those whom you help?
|Clearly Addresses Prompt||Includes a description of helping someone or something while the writer was having fun, cites specific examples about how "service" is fun, and fully illustrates how the combination of having fun and helping others contributed to their happiness and self-improvement (i.e., responsibility, job skills, reliability, exposure to new ideas, people, and/or circumstances, etc.).||3|
|Creativity & Style||Rich details and examples that reveal personality and a strong writer’s voice.||3|
|Clarity of Content||Organized and easy to understand with good ideas for others to consider.||3|
|Accuracy||Writing mechanics and format do not detract from meaning. Content is correct in punctuation and spelling.||1|