KAGW Essay Writing Competition 2020

Participants: Students from grades 7- 12
Prize money:
1st Prize $100.00
2nd Prize $60.00
3rd Prize $30.00


The essay should be a minimum of 500 words and be mailed to editor@kagw.com in word format on or before July 24th, 2020.
Should include your name, school, grade, and a passport size photograph.
Judging Criteria: Structure & Organization, content, writing style, readability, grammar, and employment of apt words.


Please choose one of the following Topics:

  1. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin states three ways to receive information as well as the result of using each method. Franklin implies that the most effective way to learn anything is to get as involved as possible with it. Describe a time, in or out of school, where you felt that getting more involved with what you were learning helped you better than just hearing how it is done.
  2. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle
    Aristotle’s paradox reveals that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. In other words, when the situation becomes difficult, the strong will work harder to meet the challenge. Describe a time where you pushed harder when the odds were against you.
  3. “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind”
    Often times, people who ridicule and critique you for your ideas and choices do not matter. Meanwhile, people who support you in anything you do, like your family, are the ones that do. Describe a situation in which you realized that someone was really there for you and supported you through a time that others may not have.
  4. If you were to be stuck inside a movie for the rest of your life, which would it be? What character would you play(live as) and what changes would you make to the script?
    Life is a collection of decisions and knowledge gained from previous decisions. Advice gained from those who lived a long life can often help guide you in making some of these decisions too. What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received and why? (how did it apply to you or others around you)
  5. What is one thing that you believe you can teach someone how to do thoroughly to the point of being an (amateur) expert?
    It could be anything from painting a still life to serving a tennis ball to even cooking a meal of your choice. Explain how you came to learn this “thing”, how you would go about teaching someone about this “thing”, and finally what makes you credible to teach the “thing”.
  6. If a genie granted you three wishes. What would they be? (cannot ask for more wishes).
    Additionally, explain why you chose these wishes and what you would expect to happen after wishing for them.
  7. The legendary question of whether the chicken or the egg came first is one that to this day many still argue over. Without bringing up “actual science” from online to answer this question, please explain why you believe one answer is correct over the other.
    Alternatively, if you think the answer is neither or something else, please explain as there is no “wrong” answer. Back your argument up with an opinion, facts, and even hypothetical situations if need be.

KAGW reserves the right to first publish the submitted essay in their annual magazine (print and online).