writing contest

Kansas PTA is proud to sponsor, support, and encourage our students in grades 5-12 to write an essay or poem on the selected theme. The 2020-2021 theme is

"Caring for My Community Looks Like..."

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SMAC PTA Congratulates the 2018 -2019  Citizenship Writing Contest Winners

Award of Excellence, "My Motivation"

5th Grade Essay

Malia Knight                  Santa Fe Trail Elementary


5th Poem

Thomas Burns               Brookwood Elementary


6th Essay

Amelia Diefendorf          Highlands Elementary


6th Poem

Reuben Fick                  Trailwood Elementary



7th Poem

Nick Van Deventer        Westridge Middle School


8th Essay

Alison Vu                       Westridge Middle School


8th Poem

Samantha Sullivan        Trailridge Middle School

9th Essay

Evangilina Hrenchir       Northwest HS


9th Poem

Martha Arvanitakis         Northwest HS


10th Essay

Kelly Vanden Bos          Northwest HS


10th Poem

Maria Heath                   South HS


11th Essay

Alice Newell                   Northwest HS


11th Poem

Michael Fitzgerald         Northwest HS


12th Essay

Julianna Kantner           Northwest HS


12th Poem

Bryce DeBok                 Northwest HS

Are you a student wanting to enter the contest? 

Here are the rules and entry form:

Questions? Contact Dee Wright, SMAC VP Cultural Arts, at

It's easy to implement the Citizenship program at your school - click below for a guide to making it happen.

2019-2020 Dates:

November 4:

local launch

Launch the contest in your school


December 6:

local deadline

Student entry due date for your school

January 11:

district deadline

Turn in your winning school entries to Dee Wright (location TBD)

february 15:

state deadline

District winners entered in state contest (by Dee Wright)

february 10, monday

Citizenship SMSD/SMAC PTA Awards Ceremony and Reception with the Board of Education (BOE) 

(5:30, before the BOE meeting)

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