The 2016 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 12, 2016 - October 11, 2016
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.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." ˜Dr. Seuss (aka author Theodore Geisel, 1904-1991)
"Be well. Do well. Have a lot of fun." ˜Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart Simpson (1957- )
"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." ˜Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher, father of Taoism, (6th century BC)
Step 1: Develop a Plan
Review the criteria by which you will be judged.
Step 2: Write to the Prompt
It takes a lot of thought, imagination, and practice to lay a good foundation for your life. When you are busy and active, there is less chance to be bored. Staying busy and active contributes to happiness and helps you set and achieve your goals, and being happy builds self-esteem and confidence. Think about how you spend your time and with whom. It could be friends, family, or the things that interest you and occupy your time.
Describe how you are laying a foundation for your life. Think about what you want to achieve and what steps you are taking to get what you want. Reflect on how outside influences such as family, friends, faith, or activities contribute to your self-esteem and confidence. Give specific examples on how these outside influences help to make you a stronger, better person. Describe how you think these influences will contribute to your happiness and lead you down the right path in life.
|Clearly Addresses Prompt||Includes a description of laying a foundation for life as well as the steps needed to achieve what they want, reflects on outside influences as they relate to self-esteem, confidence, and happiness, cites specific example(s) of how, what and why these outside influences (friends, family, faith and pastimes) contribute to happiness and self-improvement, and how these influences will help in laying a foundation for a good life.||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|