Our Teachers Our Heroes Essays Contests

2016 Gold Medal Teacher Essay Contest

DEADLINE: April 8, 2016

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library invites all elementary students to submit one essay in support of why their elementary school teacher or staff member deserves a gold medal!

This summer, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will be offering a summer reading program with the theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” To acknowledge the important and lasting impact that teachers and school staff members make on the lives of children, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is offering an opportunity this spring for elementary students to participate in an essay contest to nominate their teacher or school staff member to receive a “Gold Medal Teacher” award.

The “Gold Medal Teacher” Essay Contest is sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and is open to all Benton County K-5 students. The elementary school entrants must base their essay on the   following prompt:

Please describe why you think your teacher or school staff member deserves a gold medal.

The essay must be at least 100 words and is not to exceed 400 words. Essays may be typewritten and double-spaced or they may be neatly handwritten. The title is to appear as a heading on each page, but the student’s name must not appear on any page except the Entry Form Cover Sheet that must accompany each essay:

Corvallis Entry Form | Spanish Entry Form | Alsea Entry Form | Monroe Entry Form | Philomath Entry Form

Deadline:

Essays must be delivered to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on or before April 8, 2016. Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 8, 2016. Schools will be notified of winning entrants on or before April 22, 2016. Parents will be contacted on or before that date only if their child’s essay is selected.

Prizes:

Students with winning entries will receive a certificate. Honored teachers and school staff members will receive a certificate and a gold medal award.


2016 Teacher Essay Contest Winners:

Local Teachers Recognized in the Gold Medal Teacher Essay Contest Held by Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

We are thrilled to announce that the following local elementary teachers and school staff members are winners in our second Teacher Essay Contest held by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library:
Teacher/Staff MemberStudent
Jeff Parker, Corvallis Waldorf SchoolDora Boucher
Savannah Battro, Garfield Elementary SchoolCristina Prado Alvarez
Christy Bolden, Garfield Elementary SchoolFiona Skye McLeod
Diana Hammond, Garfield Elementary SchoolAndrea Castañeda Perez
David Harner, Garfield Elementary SchoolAlejandro Amador
Alleya Jack, Garfield Elementary SchoolSofia Sky Becerra
Alexia Kaye-Waggle, Garfield Elementary SchoolJosé Becíes Olaya
Mikaila Kummerow, Garfield Elementary SchoolAmanda-Abigail Hernandez-Orozco
Gavin Lorens, Garfield Elementary SchoolAlaina Babbar-Sebens
Kim Meyers, Garfield Elementary SchoolHaley Washburn
Sherry Newton, Garfield Elementary SchoolRyder Clow
Becca Stark, Garfield Elementary SchoolDaisy Lake
Liz Miller, Jefferson Elementary SchoolCleo Sandler
Mo Ruzek, Jefferson Elementary SchoolLife Skills Program Primary Students
Maria Adams, Lincoln Elementary SchoolZarina Bistrika
Sami Arnst, Lincoln Elementary SchoolMadrone Ridling
Jennifer Carpenter, Lincoln Elementary SchoolLincoln McManus
Adriana Espinosa, Lincoln Elementary SchoolKate Staffieri
Rachel Frazier, Lincoln Elementary SchoolRachel B. Groom
Armida Guerrero, Lincoln Elementary SchoolVictoria Ayala Cabeza
Hilary Hernández, Lincoln Elementary SchoolJessica Gilpin
Mayra Juarez-Hernandez, Lincoln Elementary SchoolMia Jo Klinkhammer
Nancy Morales, Lincoln Elementary SchoolLeah Childress
Talia Pascuzzi, Lincoln Elementary SchoolQuincy Sahnow
Marilyn Polo, Lincoln Elementary SchoolFinn Hanson
Roxi Wolfe, Lincoln Elementary SchoolAbbie Brown
Jennifer Gray, Philomath Elementary SchoolReagan Chisholm
Kendall Lord, Philomath Elementary SchoolIsaac Avery
Abby Couture, Philomath Elementary SchoolJessica McLennan
Elaine Hall, Philomath Elementary SchoolAdele Beckstead
Alicia Moran, Philomath Elementary SchoolConnor Greeley
Melissa Patterson, Philomath Elementary SchoolHayley Gammon
Anna Bailey, Philomath Elementary SchoolTatum Pope
Molly Bell, Philomath Elementary SchoolHanna McDaniel
Cari DenHerder, Philomath Elementary SchoolColton Whittier
Ruth Mock, Philomath Elementary SchoolOwen Wood
Gina Morrison, Philomath Elementary SchoolChristian Eaton
Laura Heiken, Philomath Elementary SchoolCameron McLennan
C.A. Rath, Philomath Elementary SchoolZoe Ringwal
Sadie Mooney, Philomath Elementary SchoolSavannah Adams

 

We again received such excellent essay entries that we decided to award all nominated teachers and school staff. Our essay review committee recognized one student winner for those teachers and staff who received nominations from multiple students. To maintain the same level of enthusiasm that student entrants showed for their teachers, youth librarians from Corvallis-Benton County Public Library made surprise, in-person deliveries of the teacher and student prizes at each school with a winning teacher. Teachers and school staff members received a “You Make a Difference” medal and a signed certificate, and students received a signed certificate.

The essay contest was in celebration of this year’s summer reading program theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Students in Benton County were asked to write why they thought their teacher or school staff member deserved a gold medal. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s summer reading program is open to all ages, from birth to adults. Participate by picking up summer reading materials at your local library branch, starting June 1.

Contact Youth Services with any questions: 541-766-6794.


2015 Teacher Essay Contest Winners:

Local Teachers Recognized as Heroes in Student Essay Contest Held by Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

We are thrilled to announce that the following local elementary teachers are winners in the first-ever “My Teacher, My Hero” Essay Contest held by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library:
  • Rachel Sechler, nominated by essay winner, Jonny Junkins, at Ashbrook Independent School
  • Erin Kooyman, nominated by essay winner, Andrew Fernandez, at Ashbrook Independent School
  • Jennifer England, nominated by essay winner, Colin Reimer, at Franklin School
  • Mrs. Stark, nominated by essay winner, Gailen Garcia-Lewis, at Garfield Elementary School
  • Danielle Geissler, nominated by essay winner, Liza Fowler, at Garfield Elementary School
  • Matthew Criscione, nominated by essay winner, Eve Elwood, at Hoover Elementary School
  • Megan McQueen, nominated by essay winner, Cleo Sandler, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Debbie Birdseye, nominated by essay winner, Kate Middleton, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Kristin Erickson, nominated by essay winner, Liam Russell, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Talia Pascuzzi, nominated by essay winner, Cruz Salcido, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Sami Arnst, nominated by essay winner, Samantha Marie Murk, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Rachel Frazier, nominated by essay winner, Mia J. Klinkhammer, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Marilyn Polo, nominated by essay winner, Enat Bluhm, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Mary Lynn Roush, nominated by essay winner, Sara Schoeffler, at Mt. View Elementary School
  • Tammy Bumstead, nominated by essay winner, Melea Lattin, at Clemens Primary School
  • Laura Heiken, nominated by essay winner, Savannah Adams, at Philomath Elementary School
  • Elaine Hall, nominated by essay winner, Sophia Bauer, at Philomath Elementary School

We received such excellent and enthusiastic student entries that we decided to award all nominated teachers this year. Our essay review committee recognized one student winner for those teachers who received nominations from multiple students. To maintain the same level of enthusiasm that student entrants showed for their teachers, youth librarians from Corvallis-Benton County Public Library made surprise, in-person deliveries of the teacher and student prizes at each school with a winning teacher. Teachers received a Super Teacher t-shirt, and their nominating students received a special certificate.

This essay contest was in celebration of this year’s summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Students from area elementary schools were invited to nominate their teachers as local heroes, helping tell the stories of the heroic work their teachers do every day. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s summer reading program is open to all ages, from birth to adults. Participate by picking up summer reading materials at your local library branch.

Contact Youth Services with any questions: 541-766-6794.

The Booker T. Washington - American Hero
Essay Contest


Want to motivate youths in your community to live, learn, and lead successfully?
    Here's your chance! ... co-sponsor an essay contest for middle schoolers in your community!

"After reading about Booker T. Washington and the obstacles he faced, what have you learned, and how will you meet obstacles you may encounter in your own life?"
You will help youths think about the struggles that BTW experienced and overcame, and how his common-sense, practical thinking and doing can help them succeed in life.

Imagine the inspiration and 'spark' you will provide to the future leaders and members in your own community. Here are the rules, prizes, and how to go about it... It's easy!

Get yourEssay Contest info sheet here.

Contest Rules

      1) Open to Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers (5th-12th grades).
      2) 15 students (min) in any one grade from any one school to participate.
      3) Essays must be typed or clearly handwritten.
                (estimated / recommended essay length:
          5-6th grade: 250-300 words;   7-8th: 300-350 words;   high schoolers: 400-500 words.

      4) Essays will be judged by grade within the school.
            (To insure local peer-to-peer evaluations, a local service club, such as Rotary, Kiwanis,
              or the Booker T. Boosters Club, is asked to co-sponsor and judge.

Contest Prizes

      1) Essay Winners' Prizes* Award: $50, Runner-up: $25.
      2) Awards and Certificates will be presented by local co-sponsoring organization.
      3) Winning essays may be displayed on the BTW Society's national website.
          *co-sponsors have discretion to change prize amounts.

How it works:*

If you are a parent, principal, teacher, local service club member...
1) Contact the BTW Society here to indicate your interest and obtain more information.
2) Contact a school Principal, guidance counselor, or teacher in your area
to offer this essay contest to their students at no cost to them!
3) Order booklets: BTW--American Hero (min bulk order: 20 @ $1.50ea.)
4) Contact a local community service club to co-sponsor by,
a) providing judges to read the essays and/or,
b) purchasing BTW-American Hero booklets or providing prizes.

*If unfamiliar with schools or service clubs in your area, just contact the Society.
  We will compile and send you a list of local schools/service orgs with contact info
.

Conducting the Contest:

1) Announce contest with essay deadline.
2) Give a copy of BTW--American Hero to each student who chooses to enter.
(be sure to allow 2-3 weeks for student to read about BTW and write essay.)
3) Students hand essays in to teacher.
4) Teacher forwards essays to you and/or service club.
5) Service club 'jury' picks the winners and notifies school and BTW Society.
6) BTW Society mails certificates, with local club's logo, to co-sponsor
for presentation during a school assembly or other appropriate time/place.
7) Co-sponsoring club/organization issues news release.

Click here to download this Essay Contest info sheet.

And....it is beneficial to all concerned!

      Children benefit from learning, thinking, and writing about living right.
      Schools benefit from reinforcing the development of positive character habits.
      Service Clubsbenefit from helping children in their community and positive publicity:

With thanks...

...to Caring Friends (Houston), who came up with the idea to use BTW -- American Hero" to help kids focus on how, no matter what their own circumstances may be, they can overcome struggles in their own lives. John J. Pershing Middle School students in Houston participated!

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