North Springs students earn honors in Rotary’s Laws of Life essay contest


North Springs High students who participated in the “Laws of Life” essay contest were honored by the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs recently. (Provided by Noel Mayeske)

Nine North Springs High School students were among the top entries in Georgia Rotary Clubs’ annual “Laws of Life” essay contest.

More than 100 essays were written by North Springs students, with 21 of them submitted to the contest. The students wrote 500–700-word essays about a personal experience that taught them a lesson, with a memorable “law of life” quote tied to their story.

North Springs was one of more than 50 schools statewide that participated in the contest. The top entries from North Springs that were selected by the Rotary judges included:

9th Grade

  • Lucille Holder – “In the Blink of an Eye, Everything Can Change”
  • Runner-Up: Hadley Richards – “Success is No Accident”
  • Honorable Mention:  Eleanor Ruskin – “Perspective is Everything”

10th Grade

  • Carson Mayeske – “If You’re Going to Do Something, Do It with Confidence”
  • Runner-Up: Felipe Camargo-Echeverria – “A Different Language is a Different Vision of Life”
  • Honorable Mentions: Hannah Higgins – “Live Life to the Fullest,” Grace Lumpkin – “Finish Strong Through the Dash”

11th Grade

  • Madison Ivory – “It is the Journey that Matters in The End”

“‘The Laws of Life’ essay contest allows students the opportunity to write a personal narrative that tells their story and make connections between it and the larger world,” said Adam Throne, North Springs High School English teacher “By doing it, students practice and learn the value and power of communicating their stories through standards-based classroom instruction while also sharing and honing their creative writing skills.

Throne, who also is the leader of the school’s Echo Literary Magazine and NS Oracle student publication, said giving the assignment in class and offering it to all grade levels gives teachers a chance to learn more about their students and to connect with them.

North Springs High students Grace Lumpkin, third from left, and Carson Mayeske, second from right, were honored for their participation in the “Laws of Life” essay contest by the Rotary Club of Dunwoody recently. (Provided by Noel Mayeske)

Bob Pepalis covers Sandy Springs for Rough Draft Atlanta and Reporter Newspapers.





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