"Winning is not the important thing. It is the only thing." Vince Lombardi
Congratulations, 2014 Essay Contest Winners
Essay Contest 2013-2014
This year we received 370 essays from 10 schools, including entries from two schools that didn't participate previously and three new teachers at schools that have participated before. The 1st place winner in this year's essay contest is Evan Bourtis from Allendale Columbia. He will receive $100 and the plaque to display at the school.
The two 2nd place winners are from Our Lady of Mercy and Pittsford Mendon. They will each receive $50. The four 3rd place winners are also from Our Lady of Mercy and Pittsford Mendon. They will each receive a certificate.
In addition there are 25 finalists who will receive certificates, 47 semi-finalists, and 58 honorable mentions. Congratulations to all of our winners!
The competition is open to all eleventh grade high school students in the greater Rochester area. We hope that participating in the contest will help develop your critical thinking and writing skills. In particular, our recent experience demonstrates these skills are critical to success in your college application essay next fall, as well as for your Regents English exam later this spring.
The Cornell Club of Rochester offers the prize; winning or placing favorably in the essay contest in no way implies a favorable admission decision by any of Cornell's seven undergraduate colleges. But we also know from the past years of the competition that most essayists designated as semi-finalists or higher have been accepted to at least one highly selective college!
One of the most important skills that you will continue to develop during the balance of your high school years and in college is the ability to thoughtfully evaluate opposing viewpoints in other words, to think critically. This skill is important not only for students and scholars, but also for nearly every occupation you might choose, as well as for your personal mental growth and maturity.