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PACES board member Susan Schantz with 2013 contest winner Katarina Klett.

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Deborah Monti and Ms. Bienkowski at Pittsburgh Allderdice

Teacher Melissa Fulmer, 2014 contest winner Taylor Kanczes, and PACES board member Susan Schantz.

WRITING CONTEST

Archive of Past Contests and Winners 


The winning students receives $100 cash prize. The winning teacher sponsor receives $100 worth of school supplies or field trip funds.


2013

Prompt: What do you see as the major challenges in education today and how do you think they should be addressed?


Winner: Katarina Klett, senior, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School

First Place Teacher Sponsor: Katherine Wilkins Bienkowski, English teacher, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School. PACES provided field trip funds for Ms. Bienkowski's African American Literature class to screen the curriculum-relevant film 12 Years a Slave


Second Place: Ryan Johnston, sophomore, Avonworth High School

Second Place Teacher Sponsor: Ashleigh Fox, English teacher, Avonworth High School


2014

​Prompt: March is Women's History Month. The National Women's History Project announced the theme for this year as "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment." Write an original essay (not research paper) on this theme. You may choose to focus on famous or non-famous women, events, or movements or provide your own commentary on your interpretation of the theme in a broader context of your choice. 


Winner: ​Taylor Kanczes, junior, West Mifflin Area High School

First Place Teacher Sponsor: Melissa Fulmer, English teacher, West Mifflin Area High School. PACES provided supplies for Ms. Fulmer's classes, including lesson planning materials and teacher resources and aids for AP English exam preparation.


Second Place: Rachel Muti, freshman, Moon Area High School

Second Place Teacher Sponsor: Erin Berger, English teacher, Moon Area High School


2015

Prompt: ​What does “community” mean to you?

Winner: Deborah Monti, senior, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School
First Place Teacher Sponsor: Katherine Wilkins Bienkowski,  English teacher, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School.  PACES provided text copies of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye for Ms. Bienkowski's classes. 

Second Place: Nicole Cain, sophomore, Chartiers Valley High School

Second Place Teacher Sponsor: Frank Brown, English teacher, Chartiers Valley High School 


2016

Prompt: Explain how school and education has changed and/or is changing.


Winner: Nicole Cain, junior, Chartiers Valley High School
Teacher Sponsor:  Frank Brown, English teacher, Chartiers Valley High School. PACES provided funds for a school program that assists eighth grade girls with the transition to high school.