American Education Week

2018-2019 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 from 2017-18!

This year's essay prompts were:

Elementary:

What makes your school a great public school? Write a thoughtful and well-organized essay in which you explain how your elementary school successfully educates and engages you and your peers.

Middle School:

John Lubbock is quoted as saying, "The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the desire to learn." Identify and explain how a teacher has helped inspire you to learn something. What character traits did he or she have that drove you to achieve?

High School:

The United States has always been a place where words, thought 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:


Fata Mulaomerovic, Bellaire Elementary

Samantha Rigby, Crestview Elementary

Lyric Koch, Hamilton Elementary

Dakynleigh Holder and Charlotte Kretzing, LeTort Elementary

Athena Doty, Mooreland Elementary

Ryan Black, Mt. Holly Springs Elementary

Emily Serafin, North Dickinson Elementary

Greta Weirich, Lamberton Middle School, 6th Grade

Juniper Bates, Lamberton Middle School, 7th and 8th Grade

Lauren Kiehl, Wilson Middle School, 6th Grade

Calyn Clements, Wilson Middle School, 7th and 8th Grade

Gretal Shank, Carlisle High School, 9th and 10th Grade

MacKenzie Ellis, Carlisle High School, 11th and 12th Grade