2015 Why College is Awesome Essay Winners!

Posted by SKEF on May 6 2015

Why College is Awesome Essay Winners Announced!

Twenty-six local students have written a new chapter into the 33rd annual Awesome 3000.  The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation has announced the winners of the second annual Why College is Awesome essay contest. Sponsored by the Oregon College Savings Plan, the essay winners each receive an Oregon College Savings Plan account. 

Read and scored by a committee of literacy and writing professionals, 467 students submitted entries including 200 elementary students from 27 schools, 109 middle school students from 12 schools and 158 students from 7 high schools and three home school students.  Students were asked to paint a mental picture with drawings and/or words, keep the reader interested, and give a creative, and succinct expression of why going to college is an awesome experience.

Some student essays described how incredible it would be to be the first person in their family to attend college, while others knew the financial earning power a college diploma would provide. 

Janis Wurgler, a Salem-Keizer School District Elementary Literacy Specialist, was thrilled about this opportunity for students. “One of a writer's main goals is to communicate a message or idea in a way that reaches their readers,” Wurgler said. “The Why College is Awesome essay contest provides student writers with the opportunity to share their opinions in a real and authentic way to an audience beyond the classroom.  It gives them a chance to test the power of words and to witness the impact their writing can have on others.”

Why College is Awesome Essay Contest Winners for 2015 


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