Congratulations to the talented students who won the 2014 Laws of Life Essay Contest!
BBB honored the Laws of Life finalists at our annual banquet where finalists received their awards and presented their winning essays. Our winners below worked extremely hard, and BBB thanks them along with all those who participated in this year's Laws of Life Essay contest!
Out of 430 entries, 12 finalists and their families have been invited to attend a special ceremony where the winners will be announced and awarded a cash prize as well as a certificate signed by Mayor Julian Castro:
Andrew Hieger with his essay, Courageous Cuban Courage
Angel Pham with her essay, Thoughtfulness
Arianna Blazicko with her essay, Optimisim
Eli Skop with his essay, Service
H Zachery Powell with his essay, Two Doors
Jaquelynn Meiers with her essay,Overcoming Obstacles and Striving for Change
Jocelyn Chavez with her essay,Responsibility
Kaye Aguaviva with her essay,Compassion
Lee Charles McNeil with his essay, Persuing Perserverance
Oscar De La Torre with his essay,Think Before Acting
Thomas Hart with his essay, When Dixie Died
One of our finalists wasn't able to attend the banquet, but you can read Andres Rodriguez's essay,What I Have Learned About Peer Pressure here.
Students initially write essays connected to an annual Character Education, Laws of Life theme. Participating public and private schools then send their top five essays to the district level for judging. The student essays are scored by a committee of readers and the top ten students in each division are then invited to participate in the speech phase of the competition. Once again a committee composed of community judges scores the presentations. The top four student finalists in each division are then invited, along with their parents and teacher to attend the annual banquet where the finalists are recognized and presented with their awards. The banquet is generally attended by the Mayor, members of City and County Government, and selected educational and community leaders. The winning students' presentations in each division are videotaped and can be seen on the School District website as well as on the Education Channel of local Cable TV.
2017-2018 Laws of Life Essay/Speech Competition Guide
Suggested Activities to Help Students Prepare
2016 Laws of Life News Package
2015 Laws of Life News Package
2017 Banquet Program with Winning Essays
2016 Banquet Program with Winning Essays
2015 Banquet Program with Winning Essays
2014 Banquet Program with Winning Essays