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Dottie Yeck Good Life Award Writing Contest

Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy
˜ Dottie Yeck's Life Philosophy

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 15, 2014 - October 13, 2014

Entrants must live or attend school in Montgomery County
and be enrolled in a curriculum for grades 7-9
(since the contest was moved from the Spring to the Fall,
for this year only, 10th graders will be allowed to enter)

Winner will be awarded a certificate and a $3,000 prize.

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How to Enter Writing Challenge Judging

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  • Entrants must be enrolled in a curriculum for grades 7 - 9* at the time the application is submitted.
  • *Since the contest was moved from the Spring to the Fall, for this year only, 10th graders will be allowed to enter.
  • Entrants must live or attend school in Montgomery County, Ohio.
  • Prior Good Life Award $3000 prize winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • Family members of Washington-Centerville Public Library staff and contest judges are not eligible for this contest.
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Rules (as an entrant you must...)
  • Complete the writing challenge in 300-500 words (entries of more than 500 words will be disqualified).
  • Contest opens at 8 A.M. on September 15.
  • Contest closes at 8 A.M. October 13.
  • Submit only one entry per person.
  • Certify the work was written by you and expresses your original ideas which you have developed. By submitting your entry to the Good Life Award, you guarantee the work as your own.
  • Agree to allow your name, personal photo, and entry excerpts to be published in the Dayton Daily News if you win.
  • Agree to attend the Good Life Celebration award ceremony at Washington-Centerville Public Library on November 13, 2014 if you win.
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How to Enter
  • Submit entry online using the official online entry form (link visible when contest opens) between September 15 and October 13.
  • Copy and paste your final entry into the textbox. (Please be sure that your name and school are NOT included in the main body of your entry.)
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2014 Writing Challenge

"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk."  --J. C. Penney, Businessman & Entrepreneur (1875-1971)

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."  --John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President (1917-1963)

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn."  --Helen Keller, Author, Political Activist & Lecturer (1880-1968)

Step 1: Develop a Plan

Review the criteria by which you will be judged.

Step 2: Write to the Prompt

As a teen, you have challenges to meet, dreams to pursue, and choices to make. There is a lot to manage as you handle friendships and school, solve tough problems, become involved in your community, all while developing your talents and interests. Of course, you also want to laugh and have fun along the way. Sure, you still have to follow rules, but more and more each day, you are finding your own way, learning from your successes and mistakes, and charting your own course. YOU are in the driver’s seat as you create your future!

Design a plan for surviving and thriving through your teen years with your goals intact. In 300-500 words, describe your plan, creatively showing readers your ideas for success and for overcoming roadblocks you may encounter along the way. Detail the actions and attitudes which will support your progress as you navigate these exciting, unpredictable years.

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  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • Adherence to all rules and challenge guidelines are basic requirements of this contest.
  • The following criteria will be used to determine the winning essay:

    Criteria Description Points
    Clearly Addresses Prompt The essay outlines a clear and descriptive plan for "surviving" the teen years with goals intact. Writer gives examples of roadblocks and how to overcome them. Writer applies Mrs. Yeck’s philosophy of Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy. 30
    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. 30
    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. 30
    Accuracy Writing mechanics and format do not detract from meaning. Content is correct in punctuation and spelling. 10

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  • The GLA winner will be awarded a Good Life Award Certificate and $3,000.
  • Awards of Distinction will receive a certificate and $100.
  • Winning essays will be published in the Dayton Daily News.
  • Winner agrees to attend the Good Life Celebration at the Washington-Centerville Public Library on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
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Good Life Celebration
Photo of Fran Kick
  • The 2014 Dottie Yeck Good Life Celebration will be held in the Community Room at Centerville Library, Thursday, November 13, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
  • Winners will be recognized and author Fran Kick will help us KICK IT IN with an exciting and dynamic teen leadership presentation!
  • Join family, friends, and teachers in celebrating, encouraging, and helping students who are working hard, getting better at what they do, and having fun in the process.
  • Everyone is welcome! Registration is NOT required to attend.

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