July 25th -27th 2019 - St.Petersburg College

Essay Contest

The winners of the Essay Contest will be announced at the 2019 Rising Above! Conference

Youth essay contest

Submit your essay for this contest below.

Youth Award nomination

Submit your nomination below.

adult award nomination

Submit your nomination below.

Youth Essay Contest

Tell the Awards Committee “How has your involvement in a youth program or extracurricular activity in your community (i.e. church, after school, summer camp, and etc.) helped you to “Rise Above The Influences” to pursue your goals and dreams?”

Criteria: Contestants must be in the 6th – 12th grade. The essay can be hand written on lined paper or typed. Based on your age, answer the above question in the word count designated for your age group below.

Word count:
6th-8th grade- 400 Words
9th-12th grade – 600 Words

Essay contest requirements and instructions: The Awards committee will review all submissions that are received by the July 1, 2019 deadline. Contestants must meet the word count for the age level of the writer and all submissions must be legible. The winning essay will be selected based on overall content, grammar and neatness. The top 3 finalist in each age group will be notified by a member of the Awards committee on July 16, 2019. All essays need to be received by 11:59pm on Monday July 1st, 2019 and submitted below.

Youth Award Nomination

Do you know an outstanding youth who has helped you or their peers to Rise Above!?  We want you to nominate this youth for our Outstanding Youth Leader Award by telling us all about them and how they have inspired others to Rise Above! In 200 words or less, tell us how this youth has inspired others to Rise Above!

All written nomination(s) along with this form are to be received by by 11:59pm on Monday July 1st, 2019 and submitted below.

Adult Award Nomination

Do you know an outstanding adult who has helped you to Rise Above!?  We want you to nominate this adult for our Rising Above! Outstanding Adult Leader Award by telling us all about them and how they have inspired you to Rise Above! In 200 words or less, tell us how this adult has inspired others to Rise Above!

All written nomination(s) along with this form are to be received by by 11:59pm on Monday July 1st, 2019 and submitted below.