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Essay Contest for Students in grades 6-12 who have been nominated by an educator

Topic: Your life without modern technology


What do you think your life would be like without cell phones, computers, and video games? Would your life change completely? Would you be happier or healthier? Would life be boring or more exciting? How would you spend your time? How would you communicate? How would you gather information? Send us an essay of 500 words about your life without modern technology. Give your essay a title. Essays must be received by April 26, 2016.

All essays submitted must be typed and double-spaced. Essays must have a title. Only one entry per student. Your name, home address, email address, nominating teacher, school name, city and state, and your grade level must appear on the first page of the text. You can email your essay to d.dinsmore@usaa-academy.com or mail it to USAA, 2610 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY 40509.

Essays from different grade levels are not compared to each other. For example, a 6th grade student’s essay is not compared to a 12th grader’s essay. Instead, it is judged individually based on the writing capabilities and expectations of a 6th or 12th grader.

USAA will choose the top three essays and award the following: First Place $500, Second Place $300, and Third Place $150. Winners will also receive one complimentary book. We will publish all three essays in the 2016 USAA National Yearbook. You will become a published author in a nationally distributed book. Publication is an honor that stays with you for a lifetime.

All entries become the property of the United States Achievement Academy and will not be returned. Participation in this contest allows USAA to use short stories in the Academy’s publications. Good luck to everyone!


The United States Achievement Academy is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014-2015 Short Story Contest.


  • 1st Place - Kyla Frenia, Wissahickon Middle School, Ambler, PA, Nominating Teacher – Mr. Towarnicki
  • 2nd Place - Olivia Lawler, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, KS, Nominating Teacher– Ms. Magaha
  • 3rd Place - Lauren Skinner, Farquhar Middle School, Olney, MD, Nominating Teacher – Ms. Chaney


    Writing Contest Winners 'Open Topic' 2013-2014


    We are excited to announce the winners of our writing contest, “Open Topic”, for the 2013-2014 school year. Our contests have become very popular with our teachers and students, and the response has been gratifying for all. We have received over 2000 short stories! It certainly has made the selection process very difficult. All of you are to be commended for your writing. Following are three teachers and three students that were chosen to receive the contest prizes:

  • Teacher - 1st Place - Connie Laws, Marymount School of New York, New York, New York
  • Teacher - 2nd Place - Patrick Meehan, Louise R Johnson MS of International Studies, Bradenton, FL
  • Teacher – 3rd Place - James G. Fabiano, Newmarket Jr/Sr High School, Newmarket, NH

  • Student – 1st Place - Maria Guseva, McDowell Intermediate HS, Millcreek, PA, Grade 9, nominating teacher - Mr. Kocher
  • Student – 2nd Place - Isabella McLeod, Gardiner Middle School, Oregon City, OR, 7th grade, nominating teacher – Keyla Santiago
  • Student - 3rd place - Marissa Spatz, Auburndale Middle/High School, Auburndale, WI, 7th grade, nominating teacher - Sheila Cherney

    Congratulations to all for a job well-done. As a reminder to students, be sure to return your Student Biography form to the Academy as soon as possible. You will receive a Scholarship Application to complete and return to the Academy for consideration of an educational cash grant.

     


    Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Winner of $10,000 Founders Award


    It is a great privilege to be the recipient of a scholarship and to receive national recognition from the United States Achievement Academy. I am honored by this award and by the Academy's confidence in my abilities. Thank you to the Selection Committee for its time and consideration, to Mrs. Hunt for nominating me and always encouraging me to strive for perfection, and to my family, mentors, and teachers for continuously supporting me in all of my endeavors. This scholarship will enable me to continue to pursue my educational and career goals. In the future, I will proceed to work as hard as I can in the pursuit of academic excellence; I will continue to push through obstacles and to overcome challenges in order to reach my full potential and to make a difference in the world. Thank you again for everything.
     
    David Dai, Mount Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant, MI
     
    All of the staff at Mount Pleasant High School are extremely excited about David Dai's accomplishment and for receiving the USAA Founder's Award and scholarship.

    David is very deserving of this award and scholarship. I have been teaching for 15 years and have had the pleasure of having David in both my Freshman Biology and Advanced Placement Biology classes. He is a very dedicated and hard working student with a love for learning and leading. David was extremely involved in many groups during his time at Mount Pleasant High School. He was a member of the National Honor's Society, Business Professionals of America, Key Club and the Boys’ Soccer team-just to name a few.

    It was my pleasure recommending David for a United States Achievement Academy Scholarship. He is a wonderful person and a hard working student who has set his sights high. Receiving the Founder's Award and scholarship will help him reach his goals. I am very proud of him and wish him the best of luck. It was an honor being his teacher.

    Lastly, I want to say thank you to the USAA for acknowledging these students for all of their hard work and dedication to their studies.

    Lisa Hunt, Mount Pleasant High School Science Teacher, Mount Pleasant, MI

    Click here To view the 2012-2013 Scholarship Winners