2020 essay contest

CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview is sponsoring a writing contest for students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. This year, students are asked to write an essay on ONE of two topics. The choices are:

  • Choose a person you admire. Write about why you admire this person, using specific examples of the way he or she demonstrates one or more of the pillars of character
  • Describe an incident or event from which you learned a lesson “the hard way.” How has this changed you/your life? What pillars of character did you use?

The essays must incorporate one or a choice of the six pillars of character:

  • Trustworthiness — integrity, honesty, promise-keeping, loyalty
  • Respect — courtesy, dignity, diversity, the Golden Rule
  • Responsibility — duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence
  • Fairness — openness, consistency, impartiality
  • Caring — kindness, compassion, empathy
  • Citizenship — lawfulness, common good

Entries must be between 200 and 350 words, and are due February 21 to Barbara Littlefield at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road. Students are asked to put their name, parent’s email address, phone number, grade and school in the upper right hand corner of each page.

Entries are judged by a panel of professional writers. Winners will be recognized by the Glenview Village Board of Trustees at the April 7 board meeting.

Awards are provided the three top winners at each grade level.

Read the rules here.