Three Miami Valley School students have earned award from the Washington-Centerville Public Library's Dottie Yeck Good Life Award Writing Contest. This year's essay prompt asked students to consider how fulfillment can be found through helping others.
Seventh graders Charis Jarvis and Samantha Pochet earned Honorable Mention awards. This award represents the top 4.7% of all entries received. Charis's essay, "All About Me," described the challenges and joys of volunteering at a writing camp for younger children. Samantha's essay, "Helping Others," described her experience teaching computer programming to students at the General Electric Aviation EPISCenter in Dayton.
Eighth grader Ronnie Rajotte was recognized with an Award of Distinction and a cash prize of $100. The Award of Distinction is given to the top four essays entered in the entire contest. Ronnie's essay, "When Life Hands You Lemons, Have Fun and Make Lemonade!" describes how she raised money for childhood cancer research by running her own lemonade stand.
The Dottie Yeck Good Life Award Contest is open to students in grades 7-9. It honors the legacy of Mrs. Dottie Yeck, who was a life-long supporter of libraries, children, and the arts. Her philosophy of Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy has inspired thousands of teens across the Miami Valley.
The winning essays of the Miami Valley contingent are available to read on the Washington-Centerville Library website. The trio will be recognized at the Good Life Award celebration on November 30.