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2nd Annual Essay Contest

“Why Second Chances are Important” is the topic for the 2019 essay contest sponsored by Lifting Up Westchester, a non-profit agency committed to giving individuals in need a second chance by helping them to achieve self-sufficiency.

Essays should explore:

  • Do you believe that everyone can change the course of their life?

  • What would they need to make that happen?

  • Does everyone deserve a second chance?

  • Does everyone need/deserve a champion rooting for them through the good AND the bad?

  • Does everyone have a champion?

  • If not, who can act as an intermediary cheerleader and supporter?

  • When have you seen or experienced a second chance in action and what did you learn from it?

  • Relate your example back to Lifting Up Westchester’s core mission of
    “Restoring hope to men, women and children in need . . . one person at a time.”

    Contest open to all Westchester students in 7th - 12th in public, parochial, private, home schools or youth programs.

    The contest will award prizes in three grade categories-7th & 8th, 9th & 10th and 11th & 12th.

    • 1st Prize - $500

    • 2nd Prize - $250

    • 3rd Prize - $100

ESSAYS ARE DUE: January 31, 2019 by 5 PM

 

 

Questions?

Please e-mail luwessaycontest@gmail.com

The contest has been funded in loving memory of Beth Massey Rubens, a lifelong teacher, tutor and mentor with a particular love for language arts.

Prizes will be presented in the Spring at a celebratory brunch
generously hosted by Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

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2018 Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners and to all the students
who entered the contest! The essays we received were both heartwarming and insightful.

9th & 10th Grade Category:
1st Place – Zia Joseph
Woodlands High School
2nd Place – Chanelle Holmes
Fox Lane High School
3rd Place – Lucy Rosenbaum
Mamaroneck High School

7th & 8th Grade Category:
1st Place – Daisy Hernandez
Eugenio Maria De Hostos Microsociety School
2nd Place – Gabriella Tucker
Blind Brook Middle School
3rd Place – Daniela Jerez
Eugenio Maria De Hostos Microsociety School


11th & 12th Grade Category:

1st Place – Michelle Pani
White Plains High School
2nd Place – Peter Harkins
Iona Preparatory School
3rd Place – Kamrin Howell
Fox Lane High School

Winners were celebrated on April 8th at a brunch
sponsored by Ruth’s Chris Steak House.