2017 High School Essay Contests


Presented by:
Pennsylvania CPA Foundation
EssayContest2015


Think, Read, and Write.

 


The deadline to submit has passed.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Greater Philadelphia Chapter Winners

1st Place: Eryn Cohen, Upper Dublin High School
2nd Place: Malcolm Wilson, Haverford High School
3rd Place: Noah Grossman, Upper Dublin High School

Honorable Mention: Sam Moore, Upper Dublin High School
Honorable Mention: Colin Sparkevicius, William Tennent High School

Reading Chapter Winners

1st Place: Josie Benner, Boyertown Area High School
2nd Place: Rebekah Earnest, Fleetwood Area High School
3rd Place: Mason Wolfskill, Conrad Weiser High School

School Raffle Winner: Boyertown Area High School
 


Greater Philadelphia Chapter

This competition is open to high school students in Lower Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Eastern Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

2017 Topics

  1. Hosting the Olympics is expensive. But do the expenses have an economic silver lining? What was the economic impact of hosting the 2016 Rio Olympics?
  2. Online finances is convenient, but is it safe? Do the risks of online personal finances outweigh the benefit?
  3. How does cloud computing effect cybersecurity? Can client data be kept safe in the cloud?
     
Top essays are awarded $1,000, $750, and $500. Two $200 honorable mentions will also be awarded.  

Reading Chapter

The competition is open to high school students in Schuylkill, Berks, and Western Montgomery counties.

2017 Topics

  1. Have a dream company? How would you fund your startup?
  2. Online finances is convenient, but is it safe? Do the risks of online personal finances outweigh the benefit?
  3. What impact does good governance and strong leadership have on an organization? Is there an economic dimension?

Top essays are awarded $1,200, $800, and $500 respectively. Participating schools will be entered in a drawing to win $500!


Essays will be judged by a panel of CPAs, and will be evaluated and scored based on content and creativity. Style, punctuation, spelling, and grammar will be considered.

Entry Guidelines:

  • One essay submission (on one topic) per student. 
  • Essays must be a full three to five pages (not including bibliography), typed in a 12 point font, and double-spaced.
  • Bibliographic references are required, and proper attribution must be given.
  • Entries must be submitted with completed form that includes the student’s high school, class year, and e-mail address, as well as the sponsoring teacher’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • The student’s name must not appear anywhere on the essay other than on the submission form.
  • Essays must be submitted online as .doc, .docx, or .pdf files.
  • Essays that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.
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