The Rotary Club of Surprise recently announced it awarded three monetary prizes to students of their sponsored Middle School Interact Club at Arizona Charter Academy who entered winning essays in the 2021 Peace Essay Contest.
The students were asked to write essays on one of two topics:
The first-place award of $100 was received by Mikaela Acosta of El Mirage. Addison Patock of Surprise was the second-place winner and received $50 and Emma Euresti of Buckeye was the third-place winner and received $25.
The event was supervised by Rotary Club of Surprise member Jeri J. Robertson, a sixth-grade English teacher at Arizona Charter Academy and ACA Interact Club Advisor. The contest awards were financed by club member August Heiss, owner of ADH Solar.
This is the second year for the Peace Essay contest developed from the Rotary District 5495 Peace Builder Network’s annual peace-themed essay contest held in celebration of the International Day of Peace.
All entries were evaluated on originality, clarity, engagement, ability to organize peace-themed thoughts, along with grade-level expectations for grammar, punctuation and spelling.
“ACA Club Advisor Jeri Robertson did a fantastic job getting her students to write individual and intimate works focusing on personal experiences both in school and at home,” August Heiss said. “The results were very positive and highly encouraging, insuring the Rotary mission to create peace across the world is in good hands.”
The Rotary Club of Surprise is part of Rotary International, a service organization with the motto “Service Above Self.”
The club meets at 6 a.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at restaurants throughout Surprise.