The 2015 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 14, 2015 - October 13, 2015
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.
"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." -- Golda Meir, Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth 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 & 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. Consider citing personal emotions, values, and beliefs. Consider the use of inspirational quotes, poems, songs, or passages, etc., to reflect beliefs.||3|
|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.||3|
|Accuracy||Writing mechanics and format do not detract from meaning. Content is correct in punctuation and spelling.||1|