American Education Week

2017-2018 American Education Essay Contest

Every year in celebration of American Education Week the Carlisle Area School District sponsors an essay contest for students in grades 4-12. Each winner receives a $10 gift certificate to Whistlestop Bookshop, a bronze medallion and their name inscribed on the winner plaque which hangs in the winner's school. 

Click here to view photos of the essay authors!

This year's essay prompts were:


An old African proverb says “It takes a village to raise a child.” Write a thoughtful and well-organized essay in which you explain how one person, outside of school, or a community organization has helped our school to better educate you and your peers.

Middle School:

Many democratic values can be found within the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Those values or duties include justice, freedom, equality, diversity, patriotism, human rights, tolerance, self restraint and self respect. Write a thoughtful and well-organized essay in which you explore how you have demonstrated one of these values or duties and why such action helped you to become a more responsible citizen.

High School:

The United States has always been a place where words, thoughts and ideas have been allowed to flow and grow, despite the fact that there may be differing viewpoints. The American-born author, poet and historian, Aberjhani, once said, “Democracy is not simply a license to indulge individual whims and proclivities. It is also holding oneself accountable to some reasonable degree for the conditions of peace that impact the lives of those who inhabit one’s beloved extended community.”  Write a thoughtful and well-organized essay in which you explore what Aberjhani means by this.  Provide evidence from your personal and educational career where you have seen this philosophy at work.


Below are the winning essays to download and read:

Abby Fry, Bellaire Elementary

Elisabeth Forrester, Crestview Elementary

Kareen Banton, Hamilton Elementary

Gerrit Cooper, LeTort Elementary

Chase Perabo, Mooreland Elementary

Ryan Black, Mt. Holly Springs Elementary

Cassidy Shepard, North Dickinson Elementary

Ina Salkic, Lamberton Middle School, 6th Grade

Roma Cervino, Lamberton Middle School, 7th and 8th Grade

Helaina Deaton, Wilson Middle School, 6th Grade

Dominic Gearhart, Wilson Middle School 7th and 8th Grade

Sophia Toti, Carlisle High School, 9th and 10th Grade

Kyle Vaughn, Carlisle High School 11th and 12th Grade