Everglades Essay Contest

Essay contest winners will speak to orbiting astronauts in space during the week of November 6th.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Essay winners will be invited to a special ceremony and connect with real Astronauts aboard the ISS. The students will each ask 1 question from their winning essay. 

Christopher Andersson, St. Andrew's School, "What is the most unexpected discovery you have made when doing your science experiments on the International Space Station?"

Eli Fratello, Manatee Elementary, "What do you think the future of air travel will be?"

Kamia Williams, Glade View Elementary, "What is your favorite thing to do in space that feels different than it does here on Earth?"

Dishika Parikh, Elbridge Gale Elementary, "How easy or difficult is it for astronauts to adjust their body's circadian rhythms knowing that it is always dark in space?"

Josetta Wang, Green Acreas Elementary, "If you had suddenly received orders to turn back to earth, what would be the last think you do in space before you head back?"

Nicholas Cruz,Calusa Elementary,"What experiment do you consider to be the one that has best helped us live better on Earth, or one that has helped out the most with space exploration?"

Logan Roe,Everglades Elementary,"Can we launch a rocket from space or from the moon to make it to Mars?"

Hanna Soffan, The Benjamin School, "How does it feel to be at zero gravity?"

Anthony Williams, Roosevelt Middle, "How does an astronaut maneuver the rocket in space?"

Isabella Swiger, Western Pines Middle, "How do Astronauts manage their clothing and do you do laundry in space?"

Lucy Newmyer, Palm Beach Day Academy, "What was your biggest fear during your mission?"

Trakwon Harris, Gaines Park Community Center, "What are the steps of becoming an Astronaut?"


Write a 250-word essay on the following topic: "If you had a chance to ask an astronaut any question, what would it be and why?"  Submit the essay by October 13th to your school administrators who will then choose a winning essay from your school.  From there, winning school essays will be submitted to a panel of judges at the South Florida Science Center. A lucky group of 15 students will be chosen to speak to astronauts in space. The essay contest is open to all Palm Beach County public, private and home schoolers in grades 3 - 12. 

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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