Provided by Prince William County Bar Association
The Prince William County Bar Association recently hosted an award ceremony for the annual Character Counts! Essay Contest, open to all students enrolled in public middle schools in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Over 250 essays were submitted from nine area middle schools on one of the six pillars of good character that are the foundation of the nationally recognized Character Counts! Program: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Volunteer attorneys and judges from the PWC Bar Association read every essay submitted and selected the winning entries. All first place winners received a $100 cash prize and all second place winners received a $50 cash prize. These awards were made possible by a grant from the PWC Bar Foundation.
The first place winners were: Shrey Gupta, 8th grade, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School for Trustworthiness; Seerat Subzwari, 6th grade, Potomac Middle School for Respect; Janna Elzaiat, 6th grade, Potomac Middle School for Responsibility; Katherine Chambers, 7th grade, Manassas Park Middle School for Fairness; John McDonald, 7th grade, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School for Caring; and Allison An, 7th grade, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School for Citizenship.
The second place winners were: Bayleigh Rogers, 7th grade, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School for Trustworthiness; Kimberly Alvarez, 6th grade, Woodbridge Middle School for Respect; Maggie Son, 7th grade, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School for Responsibility; Maggie Manning, 6th grade, Herbert J. Saunders Middle School for Fairness; John Tran, 7th grade, Manassas Park Middle School for Caring; Gabriela Padillas Cruz, 7th grade, Manassas Park Middle School for Citizenship.
Here are some excerpts from Essay Contest Winners:
Trustworthiness, “The power of trustworthiness of one friend trumps the lack of it in tens or even hundreds of friends.” By Shrey Gupta
Respect: “Although it becomes difficult to respect someone that doesn’t do the same for you, that is when it becomes the most important.” By Seerat Subzwari
Responsibility, “Responsible means that you do the things that you are expected to do and accept the results of your actions.” By Janna Elzaiat
Fairness, “…fairness means taking action, without favoritism or discrimination.” By Katherine Chambers
Caring, “Caring people stand up to bullies and are not just bystanders.” John Tran
Citizenship, “Good citizens help neighbors and make sure elderly neighbors are doing well during a storm.” Gabriela Padilla Cruz
For more about this and other community service programs sponsored by the PWC Bar visit them online at pwcba.org.