The 2022 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 6, 2022 - October 4, 2022
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, $350, and $250. 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. A C-130 pilot for the Air Force, her dream is to become an astronaut.
"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." ˜ Benjamin Franklin, author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat (1705-1790)
"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." ˜ Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1809-1865)
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." ˜ Gola Meir, Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1898-1978)
Step 1: Develop a Plan
Review the criteria by which you will be judged.
Step 2: Write to the Prompt
In life, every day is a fresh opportunity to re-think, re-act, re-do, and re-create yourself, your attitude, and your impact on others. Doing what's right to bring about change in your own life or the lives of others takes personal strength and determination.
Describe a time when you used your own personal strengths and attitude to positively influence a situation. Explain what motivated you and how you felt - before, during and after. Reflect upon the impact of your actions and what you learned about yourself.
|Clearly Addresses Prompt||Includes reflection on personal strengths, specific example(s) of what, how and why these strengths had a positive impact, and lesson(s) learned from the experience.||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.||1|