Laws Of Life Essay Winners 2014

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.

The "Laws of Life" program is a character building activity that helps young people focus on and develop positive character traits that lead to responsible citizenship and a successful life. It was initiated as a suggestion by members of the Naples Young President's Organization (YPO 49ers) who brought it before the City of Naples and the Collier County School District. Now sponsored by the City of Naples, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the Southwest Florida 49er’s organization and the School District, the program is open to all student residents of Collier County who are enrolled in grades four through twelve. Over 3,000 students now annually compete for a variety of honors and scholarships in four grade level divisions.

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. 


Helpful Links: 


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 


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