Announcing our 2018 student essay contest

April 13, 2018 update: We will be notifying the winners of our 2018 contest on Monday, May 14th. 

Last year, we ran our inaugural student essay contest. We were thrilled by the responses from 100 students from across the state. Thanks to students like Erica Barnes, we learned more about how middle and high schoolers persevere through personal challenges, in and out of school.

In 2018, we want to keep learning from and listening to Ohio students of all ages.

Even when solving problems in our daily life, we rely on our STEM skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and perseverance. These STEM skills go beyond science, technology, engineering, and math. We use these STEM skills to tackle everything from daily issues to lifelong challenges. So…


Grades 6-12 should respond to this prompt in under 500 words. Grades 5 and below should record a 90 second video. The contest is open to any student at one of Ohio’s 40+ STEM schools.

Awards include $300 cash, a class pizza party, and student spotlights on our website. Responses are due by 11:59PM on Sunday, March 18th.

More details for each grade level are included in the documents below. Reach out to with any questions!

Detailed prompts

Grades K-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Student Voice 2018_Elementary School
Student Voice 2018_Middle School
Student Voice 2018_High School


5 Responses to “Announcing our 2018 student essay contest”

  1. Kelly Gupta says:

    Hi there! When will the winners be announced? My students are anxious! Thank you!!

    • Sam Bodary says:

      Hi Ms. Gupta!

      We got more submissions that we anticipated! We had take a bit more time – so we’re looking at announcing our winners on 5/14. We’ll put together a post about how many students participated before then.

      Thanks so much for making this such a special activity!

  2. Kelly Gupta says:

    Hi Sam!
    We just realized that our kids used their school email addresses for the contest and our email system is not working. If anyone from St. Sebastian happened to win, would you be so kind as to notify us at Thanks!
    Kelly Gupta

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