2017 Essay Contest Winners

Since launching the essay contest during National Schools Choice Week in January, more than 300 Michigan charter school students have shared their stories with us on how their charter schools have helped to prepare them to succeed. Here are the winning stories:

Winners

First Place Award

High School:

Brandon Constantin | Read Essay
10th grade, Arbor Preparatory High School
ESP: PrepNet
Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Middle School:

Moneebah Ashraf | Read Essay
8th grade, Central Academy
ESP: GEE
Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Second Place Award

High School:

Michelle Perez | Read Essay
10th grade, Advanced Technology Academy
ESP: Technical Academy Group
Authorizer: Lake Superior State University

Middle School:

Paige Peterson | Read Essay
6th grade, Walden Green Montessori
ESP: Advanced Educational Services
Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Third Place Award

High School:

Laini Russell | Read Essay
10th grade, The Paris Academy
ESP: P.A.C.E. Inc.
Authorizer: Genesee ISD

Middle School:

Lauren Werlinger | Read Essay
8th grade, Triumph Academy
ESP: NHA
Authorizer: Bay Mills Community College

Honorable Mention Award

High School:

Jordon Fleischer | Read Essay
10th grade, LifeTech Academy
ESP: Engaged Education
Authorizer: Eaton Rapids Public Schools

Matelyn Yarbrough | Read Essay
11th grade, Jackson Preparatory & Early College
ESP: Self-managed
Authorizer: Jackson College

Jadyn McLeod | Read Essay
9th grade, Kensington Woods Schools
ESP: Human Resource: Experts #1108 Inc.
Authorizer: Central Michigan University

Middle School:

Kailah Sanderson | Read Essay
6th grade, South Pointe Scholars
ESP: NHA
Authorizer: Northern Michigan University

Lilly Wright | Read Essay
7th grade, Byron Center Charter School
ESP: Charter HR Educational Services
Authorizer: Grand Valley State University

Kayla Hardy | Read Essay
8th grade, David Ellis Academy
ESP: Bardwell Group
Authorizer: Detroit Public Schools Community District

Congratulations to our winners!

 


Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place winners in each division.

First Prize:
$500, a trophy, and special recognition in Lansing.

Second Prize:
$250, a trophy, and special recognition in Lansing.

Third Prize:
$125, a certificate of recognition, and special recognition in Lansing.

Honorable Mention:
Certificate of recognition.

*Special recognition will also be given to the middle and high school classroom that submits the most and best essays.

First Prize:
$500, a trophy, and special recognition in Lansing.

Second Prize:
$250, a trophy, and special recognition in Lansing.

Third Prize:
$125, a certificate of recognition, and special recognition in Lansing.

Honorable Mention:
Certificate of recognition.

*Special recognition will also be given to the middle and high school classroom that submits the most and best essays.

Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria: Entries will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges. Winners will be selected based on the originality of their theme (be creative and compelling); how clearly the theme is expressed; and adherence to rules of grammar, punctuation, and style. The word count will be noted, but not strictly adhered to.

Publishing Rights: Entering the contest grants the Institute permission to publish essays in whole or in part, and use winners’ names and photographs to publicize winning entries.

For Questions: Contact Don Cooper at the Institute at (989) 317-3510 or email essaycontest@charterinstitute.org

Click here to learn more about this contest.

Thank you for participating!

This contest is sponsored by the National Charter Schools Institute

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