Four Thomson High School students have been chosen to represent their class levels in the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest.
The four read their essays to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Thomson.
Thomson High School teacher and in-school sponsor Susan Hitt introduced the essay winners.
They are: Ivy Wallace, ninth grade; Brianna Poss, 10th grade; Haleigh Gill, 11th grade; and Shakira Jandura, 12th-grade winner and overall winner.
The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a statewide competition for high school students. Students are asked to select a "Law of Life" or maxim (such as "Honesty is the best policy," or "To give is better than to receive") and to write about how the character value contained in the quote applies to the student's life.
The contest challenges students to examine and reflect upon core values, such as generosity, courage and compassion, and rewards students who are willing to take a stand for their beliefs.
The national model for the contest was created in 1987 by Sir John Templeton, a pioneer in global investments, a noted philanthropist and the founder of The John Templeton Foundation.
The Georgia contest is the largest Laws of Life contest in North America and the second largest in the world.
In 2010, the contest became a program of the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program Inc.
The Laws of Life contest is approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Georgia Department of Education.
NOTE: Below are essays from Haleigh Gill and Shakira Jandura. We will publish the others in future editions.