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The Essay Contest is currently closed.
Our next contest will begin in September.

THEME FOR OUR UPCOMING CONTEST

Category 1 (ages 7–10*)
Imagine that you are pen pals with someone who lives far, far away from you. This person has never seen your home or experienced the sounds, smells, people, and events that happen where you live. How would you describe your house, neighborhood, town, or city to them? Answer this question in an essay.

A good way to get ideas for this essay is to pretend you are a stranger where you live. A stranger would probably notice ordinary things that you take for granted every day!

Category 2 (ages 11–14*)
Imagine that you are a tour guide in your community. You get to pick three local sights or other noteworthy things to show to tourists. What do you choose? In an essay, explain why these three things are worthy of being included in your tour.

The first things you think of will probably be the popular, exciting places in your community, but don’t overlook things that are noteworthy in a different way. Finding the hidden treasures as well as the obvious will increase your appreciation for where you live.

Category 3 (ages 15–19*)
Imagine that you’re in a job interview and your interviewer asks this question to gain more insight about you: “How has the place (or places) where you’ve grown up impacted who you are?” Answer this question in an essay.

You might start by thinking about the people you’ve interacted with or have come to know in your community. Have you learned any lessons in your experiences with them? Do you think the outcome of those experiences might have been different in another location?

*All ages are as of September 1, 2019.
See Rules & Guidelines for important instructions!



CATEGORY 1 (ages 7-10)

What do you want to be when you grow up and why?


First Place Winner


“Helping Children and Babies”
Isabel Noble

Second Place Winner


“I'll Be a Pilot Too”
Paola Castillo

Third Place Winner


“The Right Kind of Famous”
Evelyn Fisher

Honorable Mention


“For Those Who Have No Voice”
Sylvan Cocco-Romano

Honorable Mention


“America's Keepers”
Ziza Elseman

Finalists

  • My Family Business by Clare Sorenson
  • Geologists Rock! by Rebekah Luken
  • Defending the American Constitution by Adelynn Williams
  • Flip into the Future! by Addyson Piehl
  • The Treasury of Reading by Ellianna Justus
  • A Dancing, Writing Mother by Reagan Smith
  • Mission Possible by Alexandria McKennett
  • For the Love of Animals by June Smith
  • Hero with Music by Emma Rust
  • I Want to be a Missionary Doctor by Savannah Blevins

CATEGORY 2 (ages 11-14)

What is a job that you think would have been really fun to do “back in the day” and why?


First Place Winner


“To Have Been a Midwife”
Kate Polakowski

Second Place Winner


“Special Delivery! Heroes on Horseback”
Emmeline Peltzer

Third Place Winner


“Working as a Switchboard Operator”
Amanda Lindberg

Honorable Mention


“Priceless”
Lora Bensinger

Honorable Mention


“The Forgotten Career of the Knocker-Uppers”
Anastasia Brown

Finalists

  • Time To Wake Up by Rylan Smith
  • A Pony Express Rider by Megan Kline
  • Old-Fashioned Photography: A Picture-Perfect Profession by Kathryn Law
  • The Timber Posse by Nathanael Jacob
  • How We Built A Skyscraper by Micah Mok
  • Delivering the Dairy by Jane Taylor
  • The Bards: Storytellers of the Past by Tanager Ryan
  • An Old World Explorer by Anirudh Suren
  • A Job of Danger, Loyalty, and Courage by Amanda Lindberg
  • A Job's Smile by Amy Albiston
  • The Joys of Being a Lector by Adrienne Nielsen
  • A Shopkeeper Back in the Day by Anne McGinly
  • The Magic of Cooking by Hand by Rachel Boswell

CATEGORY 3 (ages 15-19)

What is a fascinating new job that you hope exists by 2028 and why would it be so great?


First Place Winner


“A Champion of Justice”
Joyce Hong

Second Place Winner


“Green Skies”
Andrew Berry

Third Place Winner


“Teach Them to Fish”
Ashley Rack

Honorable Mention


“Parents of the Future”
Madelyn Kelly

Honorable Mention


“An Integral Part of Space Exploration”
Sarah Mummert

Finalists

  • Shoes by Kassandra Angle
  • The Requirements for an Effective “Blade Runner” by Jonathan Goodman
  • The Future of Search and Rescue Drone Operators by John Cassidy IV
  • Teleportation Engineer by Cassie Wason
  • Every Sole by Joylin Johnson
  • Communication is Key by Hope George
  • Magic in the Milky Way by Mina Batcheller
  • A "Special" Job by Jenna Young
  • New Jobs Out of This World by Taylor Honeycutt
  • The Perfect Life by Hannah Hauenschild
  • Microbotic ASL Teacher by Madeline Carroll
  • Psychological Technology by Michael Edenfield