Teacher Essay Contest

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2016 Gold Medal Teacher Essay Contest

DEADLINE: April 8, 2016

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library invites all elementary students to submit one essay in support of why their elementary school teacher or staff member deserves a gold medal!

This summer, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will be offering a summer reading program with the theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” To acknowledge the important and lasting impact that teachers and school staff members make on the lives of children, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is offering an opportunity this spring for elementary students to participate in an essay contest to nominate their teacher or school staff member to receive a “Gold Medal Teacher” award.

The “Gold Medal Teacher” Essay Contest is sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and is open to all Benton County K-5 students. The elementary school entrants must base their essay on the   following prompt:

Please describe why you think your teacher or school staff member deserves a gold medal.

The essay must be at least 100 words and is not to exceed 400 words. Essays may be typewritten and double-spaced or they may be neatly handwritten. The title is to appear as a heading on each page, but the student’s name must not appear on any page except the Entry Form Cover Sheet that must accompany each essay:

Corvallis Entry Form | Spanish Entry Form | Alsea Entry Form | Monroe Entry Form | Philomath Entry Form

Deadline:

Essays must be delivered to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on or before April 8, 2016. Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 8, 2016. Schools will be notified of winning entrants on or before April 22, 2016. Parents will be contacted on or before that date only if their child’s essay is selected.

Prizes:

Students with winning entries will receive a certificate. Honored teachers and school staff members will receive a certificate and a gold medal award.


2016 Teacher Essay Contest Winners:

Local Teachers Recognized in the Gold Medal Teacher Essay Contest Held by Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

We are thrilled to announce that the following local elementary teachers and school staff members are winners in our second Teacher Essay Contest held by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library:

Teacher/Staff Member Student
Jeff Parker, Corvallis Waldorf School Dora Boucher
Savannah Battro, Garfield Elementary School Cristina Prado Alvarez
Christy Bolden, Garfield Elementary School Fiona Skye McLeod
Diana Hammond, Garfield Elementary School Andrea Castañeda Perez
David Harner, Garfield Elementary School Alejandro Amador
Alleya Jack, Garfield Elementary School Sofia Sky Becerra
Alexia Kaye-Waggle, Garfield Elementary School José Becíes Olaya
Mikaila Kummerow, Garfield Elementary School Amanda-Abigail Hernandez-Orozco
Gavin Lorens, Garfield Elementary School Alaina Babbar-Sebens
Kim Meyers, Garfield Elementary School Haley Washburn
Sherry Newton, Garfield Elementary School Ryder Clow
Becca Stark, Garfield Elementary School Daisy Lake
Liz Miller, Jefferson Elementary School Cleo Sandler
Mo Ruzek, Jefferson Elementary School Life Skills Program Primary Students
Maria Adams, Lincoln Elementary School Zarina Bistrika
Sami Arnst, Lincoln Elementary School Madrone Ridling
Jennifer Carpenter, Lincoln Elementary School Lincoln McManus
Adriana Espinosa, Lincoln Elementary School Kate Staffieri
Rachel Frazier, Lincoln Elementary School Rachel B. Groom
Armida Guerrero, Lincoln Elementary School Victoria Ayala Cabeza
Hilary Hernández, Lincoln Elementary School Jessica Gilpin
Mayra Juarez-Hernandez, Lincoln Elementary School Mia Jo Klinkhammer
Nancy Morales, Lincoln Elementary School Leah Childress
Talia Pascuzzi, Lincoln Elementary School Quincy Sahnow
Marilyn Polo, Lincoln Elementary School Finn Hanson
Roxi Wolfe, Lincoln Elementary School Abbie Brown
Jennifer Gray, Philomath Elementary School Reagan Chisholm
Kendall Lord, Philomath Elementary School Isaac Avery
Abby Couture, Philomath Elementary School Jessica McLennan
Elaine Hall, Philomath Elementary School Adele Beckstead
Alicia Moran, Philomath Elementary School Connor Greeley
Melissa Patterson, Philomath Elementary School Hayley Gammon
Anna Bailey, Philomath Elementary School Tatum Pope
Molly Bell, Philomath Elementary School Hanna McDaniel
Cari DenHerder, Philomath Elementary School Colton Whittier
Ruth Mock, Philomath Elementary School Owen Wood
Gina Morrison, Philomath Elementary School Christian Eaton
Laura Heiken, Philomath Elementary School Cameron McLennan
C.A. Rath, Philomath Elementary School Zoe Ringwal
Sadie Mooney, Philomath Elementary School Savannah Adams

 

We again received such excellent essay entries that we decided to award all nominated teachers and school staff. Our essay review committee recognized one student winner for those teachers and staff who received nominations from multiple students. To maintain the same level of enthusiasm that student entrants showed for their teachers, youth librarians from Corvallis-Benton County Public Library made surprise, in-person deliveries of the teacher and student prizes at each school with a winning teacher. Teachers and school staff members received a “You Make a Difference” medal and a signed certificate, and students received a signed certificate.

The essay contest was in celebration of this year’s summer reading program theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Students in Benton County were asked to write why they thought their teacher or school staff member deserved a gold medal. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s summer reading program is open to all ages, from birth to adults. Participate by picking up summer reading materials at your local library branch, starting June 1.

Contact Youth Services with any questions: 541-766-6794.


2015 Teacher Essay Contest Winners:

Local Teachers Recognized as Heroes in Student Essay Contest Held by Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

We are thrilled to announce that the following local elementary teachers are winners in the first-ever “My Teacher, My Hero” Essay Contest held by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library:

  • Rachel Sechler, nominated by essay winner, Jonny Junkins, at Ashbrook Independent School
  • Erin Kooyman, nominated by essay winner, Andrew Fernandez, at Ashbrook Independent School
  • Jennifer England, nominated by essay winner, Colin Reimer, at Franklin School
  • Mrs. Stark, nominated by essay winner, Gailen Garcia-Lewis, at Garfield Elementary School
  • Danielle Geissler, nominated by essay winner, Liza Fowler, at Garfield Elementary School
  • Matthew Criscione, nominated by essay winner, Eve Elwood, at Hoover Elementary School
  • Megan McQueen, nominated by essay winner, Cleo Sandler, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Debbie Birdseye, nominated by essay winner, Kate Middleton, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Kristin Erickson, nominated by essay winner, Liam Russell, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Talia Pascuzzi, nominated by essay winner, Cruz Salcido, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Sami Arnst, nominated by essay winner, Samantha Marie Murk, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Rachel Frazier, nominated by essay winner, Mia J. Klinkhammer, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Marilyn Polo, nominated by essay winner, Enat Bluhm, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Mary Lynn Roush, nominated by essay winner, Sara Schoeffler, at Mt. View Elementary School
  • Tammy Bumstead, nominated by essay winner, Melea Lattin, at Clemens Primary School
  • Laura Heiken, nominated by essay winner, Savannah Adams, at Philomath Elementary School
  • Elaine Hall, nominated by essay winner, Sophia Bauer, at Philomath Elementary School

We received such excellent and enthusiastic student entries that we decided to award all nominated teachers this year. Our essay review committee recognized one student winner for those teachers who received nominations from multiple students. To maintain the same level of enthusiasm that student entrants showed for their teachers, youth librarians from Corvallis-Benton County Public Library made surprise, in-person deliveries of the teacher and student prizes at each school with a winning teacher. Teachers received a Super Teacher t-shirt, and their nominating students received a special certificate.

This essay contest was in celebration of this year’s summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Students from area elementary schools were invited to nominate their teachers as local heroes, helping tell the stories of the heroic work their teachers do every day. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s summer reading program is open to all ages, from birth to adults. Participate by picking up summer reading materials at your local library branch.

Contact Youth Services with any questions: 541-766-6794.