The 2018 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 10, 2018 - October 9, 2018
Entrants must live or attend school in Montgomery County, Ohio and be enrolled in a curriculum for grades 7-9
First Place Winner: $3,000, Second Place Winner: $500, Third Place Winner: $250, Fourth Place Winner $100.
If you have a question, please feel free to contact us about the Good Life Award Writing Contest.
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." ˜E.B. White (1899 - 1985) (Author of Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and Elements of Style, among others)
"Time's fun when you're eating flies." ˜Kermit the Frog
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 "Being Happy" and how attitude can affect you and those around you. Write a 300 to 500 word essay. Copy and paste your final entry into the text box on the entry page. Your name and school name cannot be in the main body of your entry.
Describe a time when you chose to "be happy" even when others were not happy around you. How did your choice make a difference for you? Did it influence others? What lessons did you learn in that situation about the power of choosing your attitude? How will your attitude be influenced in the future.
|Clearly Addresses Prompt||Includes a description of a situation and/or time when the writer chose to "be happy" even though others were not. The writer cites specific examples of why they chose to be happy and whether or not it influenced the people or situation around them. Writer fully illustrates the lessons learned in the power of attitude and whether or not a positive attitude is helpful in certain situations or around certain people. How will the writer's attitude be influenced in the future?||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|