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TitleUSD Leadership School Announces Youth Essay Contest
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The Character Development Center within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego has announced the 16th annual Character Matters Essay Contest.  Public, private, and charter school students grades 4-12 in San Diego and Imperial Counties are invited to submit their essays.

 The Character Matters Essay Contest provides a platform for insightful discussions and reflections on experiences that call for honesty, respect, responsibility, courage, self-discipline, and other virtues. All students have encountered experiences in their lives where their character has been tested, inspired, and strengthened. This essay contest provides students an opportunity for conscious reflection on these experiences.

Approximately 3,000 students participated in the contest last year, and the winners in each age category—elementary, middle, and high school—received a plaque and cash prize:  $125 for first place, $100 for second place, and $75 for third place.


The Character Development Center aims to serve educators and students in teacher education programs, K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, parents and caregivers who desire to participate in the character development of children and youth, and to promote among the young development of life skills necessary for a productive personal and social life.

Interested students must submit their essays by December 9, 2011.


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