People Making a


in Children’s Lives

This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective. Every day children are exposed to a variety of people and each one has an opportunity to influence the path a child decides to take. Whether it is someone that sparks an interest in a new topic, helps them work through a problem, shapes the kind of person they want to become by modeling behavior, simply listens to them, or any number of other actions, this is the platform for students to share their appreciation.

Students may consider many questions when writing their essays including (but not limited to):
  • Why is this role model important in your life?
  • What life lessons, ethics, or skills has the influential role model taught you?
  • Why do you look up to this role model and appreciate having him or her in your life?
  • How would your life be different without this role model?
  • How would other kids benefit for having a similar role model in their lives?
  • Entries must include a completed and signed WSPTA Essay Contest application form, typed or handwritten legibly on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper, and be no more than 650 words.
  • For WSPTA Essay Contest application form, click here.
  • Drop your entries at the school office
  • Entries will be accepted from January 1 - February 15 **Extended Deadline
  • One entry per student; multiple entries from one student will be disqualified.
  • Each entry must be an original, not be written by a parent or professional, has not previously won a prize, and does not infringe upon the copyright or other proprietary rights of any third party.

More information can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]