Ten Year Plan Essay Contest

Please consider entering your top student’s essay.  Juniors and Seniors can enter.  Instead of only one entry per school, you can enter two essays, one from a Senior and one from a Junior.  The top six essays will be recognized. The top three will receive a cash prize based on the amount raised at our annual CCEA conference.  As in the past, a Professional CCEA member at the school site must sponsor each student entry.


  1. Essay must be typed, not exceed two typewritten pages and be presented in 12- point font, either Arial or Times New Roman.
  2. The essay must include a cover sheet including: student name, age, and grade level, name of school currently attending. length of time enrolled in that school and name of professional CCEA member sponsoring this student. The purpose of this contest is to recognize our outstanding students and their writing. The student’s name must NOT be on the essay but only on the cover page. Including their future plans and/or goals within any of the following essay topics is highly recommended.
  3. Include Sponsors Contact information: CCEA Professional members name and email or CCEA school membership information and contact email.

Essay Topics:

  1. How I Turned Failure Into Success at _______________ High School.
  2. Why Does ____________ High School Work for Me?
  3. Why ____________High School is a Model School.
  4. Each of us has a person, a day or an event that has changed our lives forever. Describe that person, day or event and explain why and how it/they have changed your life.

Scoring Rubric:

10% — Grammar/Syntax/Spelling/Punctuation.
20% — Use of colorful, descriptive language that allows the reader to gain a clear picture of student’s thoughts, ideas and experiences.
20%  — Flow of essay showing continuity and good thought.
40%  — Addresses the topic in a clear and well-developed manner.
10% — Creativity.

Suggested Essay Contest Timeline:

March 1 – April 1
Assign essay, conduct site contests and select school winner(s).

* Note : Since this is a CCEA essay contest, your school must have either a school membership or at least one staff member who is a professional member of CCEA to enter.

Submit school or district winning essay(s). On cover page, include school name, teacher/counselor sponsor information, CCEA district number and student contact information along with an email version of your school or district winning essay(s) to Dr. Mike Ilic at: cceapres@att.net

*** All entries must be received no later than Friday April 8th .

*** Each school may enter one senior and one junior essay.

By Friday, April 15th:

All district entries will be read; winners will be notified at their school sites. We would love to have student winners read their essays at the conference. Since distance and resources can be a challenge, it is suggested that perhaps a student could be videotaped reading their winning essay and this could be shown at the conference. Having students read their essays in person has been one of the highlights of the conference. I think it is an incredible opportunity for the student to be recognized. If your student wins the essay contest and can attend the award ceremony it would be great. If not please consider making a video of them.

* Note: The amount of these scholarships varies depending on how much is raised at the conference from raffles and silent and live auctions of donated goods. These items are donated by each of your continuation districts and/or individual schools. We hope that each CCEA district or possibly each school will consider bringing a basket or item to donate and support our students.

For Questions, Please Contact:

Dr. Mike Ilic
CCEA President
Email: cceapres (at) att (dot) net
Contact: Send us a message

Click on the link for printable PDF — CCEA Essay Contest

Win Scholarship Money Now! 10 Essay Contests for High School Sophomores and Juniors

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Learn how to win college scholarship money now with these 10 essay contests for high school sophomores and juniors.

Opportunities abound for high school sophomores and juniors to write essays and win college scholarship money. For potential pay-days as big as $10,000, it’s time well-spent.

My College Guide has gathered a list of 10 essay contests that high school sophomores and juniors can participate in. Be sure to check each contest’s website for complete rules and deadlines. Now, get your laptop ready and start writing!

American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: Write an essay for this prestigious national essay contest for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State and full tuition to cover a Semester at Sea voyage once you enroll at an accredited university. Any high school student can enter. New essay contest rules and the application are posted in November each year. The deadline is typically in April.

Bennington Young Writers Awards: Students in grades 10 through 12 can participate in this writing contest. Choose from one of three categories: poetry, fiction or nonfiction personal or academic essay. The deadline is usually November 1 each year. Top prize is $500.

DuPont Challenge Science Essay Contest: Middle school and high school students can participate in this essay contest. Write an essay on a science-related topic on one of four of the identified challenges: feeding the world, building a secure energy future, protecting people and the environment and being innovative. The deadline is typically in February each year. Prizes range from a $250 U.S. Savings Bond to a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond. First, second and third place winners also receive a trip to Orlando.

EGirl Essay Contest: The National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl website offers an essay contest on an engineering topic for girls and boys. Awards range from $100 to $500. Winning entries are published online.

First Freedom Student Competition: Write an essay (or create a video) about a topic examining the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom. Top prize is $2,500. The deadline is usually in November each year.

The Fountainhead Essay Contest: High school juniors can read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and write an essay on one of three topics. Prizes range from $50 to $10,000. The entry deadline is typically in April.

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest: Write an essay on a U.S. elected official “who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.” The winner gets $10,000, second place gets $1,000 and up to five finalists receive $500 each. The deadline is typically in early January each year.

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest: The National Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsors this annual essay contest. Students compete at the state and national levels. You must write an essay on a topic related to the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution. The top national winner receives $2,000. State/local deadlines are usually by no later than December 31 each year, but these deadlines can vary depending on location.

National Peace Essay Contest: The U.S. Institute of Peace offers this contest. First-place state winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $1,000 scholarship. National award winners receive $2,500 to $10,000. Essays are typically due in February.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Apply in one of 28 categories to earn a scholarship and have your artwork exhibited or writing published. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. New submissions are typically accepted beginning in September each year. Deadlines vary by region and contest.

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