Two of the 14 statewide finalists in the Laws of Life essay contest are students at Genoa Middle School in Westerville – seventh grader Madison Seabury (whose Language Arts teacher is Mary Jo Balk) and Genoa eighth grader Megan Haller (whose Language Arts teacher is Brandy Spears). In addition, Grace Livingston from Blendon Middle School (whose Language Arts teacher is Mark Buxton), received an Honorable Mention. The group will be honored at an awards Banquet on April 25 in Columbus.
The Ohio Statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest is a competition which encourages students to write character-related essays. Sponsored by the Ohio Partners in Character Education this competition recognizes the achievements of exceptional youth who write about their personal “Law of Life.” This year, students at all four Westerville middle schools participated in the district Laws of Life Essay Contest facilitated by the Gifted Education Department. More than 500 middle school essays were judged district wide, the best of which were submitted to the statewide competition.