As I See It – Essay Writing Contest: Hone your writing, win cash prizes


This summer, at a time of the corona virus pandemic, students will have a chance to hone their writing skills while at the same time earning extra money by participating in the Essay Writing Contest 2021 for Milpitas Youth!

This is one of many free writing contests that encourages and inspires unlimited creativity on the part of the contestants with real cash prizes and job-opportunities! Since it takes time for students to know where to locate them, the Library Education and Advisory Commission (LEAC) took the initiative for them to have one this year!

Sub-committee for essay writing contest chair Elpidio Estioko said the contest is open to middle and high school students from Milpitas (two categories) who are given two weeks to submit their entries to win cash prizes.

LEAC recognizes the fact that the contest helps students express their feelings and thoughts on a selected topic of community concern, such as tobacco awareness.  Writing encourages and enhances students’ critical thinking, creative thinking and helps in organizing their thoughts and improving their communication skills.

Also, writing equips students with thinking skills; expressing who they are as people; and making their thinking and learning visible and permanent fostering students’ ability to explain and improving refine their ideas.

LEAC recognizes writing essays by students enable them to practice and perfect skills transferable throughout their learning career and into their entry to the world market.

Essay writing is very useful for students because… it is an integral part of their schooling before proceeding to the next level… even beyond college.  However, writing essays is not always a simple activity, and most students sometimes end up hating such assignments. But, according to trusted and reliable service such as EssayZoo, it is essential to write essays for various important reasons such as advancing one’s career.

According to LEAC chair Yu-lan Chou, this annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of Milpitas youths in promoting a culture of peace and tranquility. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in our community.

The Milpitas Library Education and Advisory Commission (LEAC) announced yesterday (contained in a flyer), the start of the Essay Writing Contest 2021 for Milpitas Youth with the topic of tobacco awareness. The essay contest prompt is:Why do you support a tobacco-free lifestyle? The contest is sponsored by LEAC, the Milpitas Library, Friends of the Milpitas Library (FOML), and the Milpitas Youth Commission (YAC).

Students have at least two weeks to write and submit their entries starting from June 10, 2021 to June 25, 2021. Together with their entries, they need to submit their entry forms which can be emailed from June 10 to June 25, 2021 to LEAC City Staff Liaison John Macon at Deadline of submission is June 25, 2021 by 5:00 pm.

Length of entry – 400 to 500 words; typewritten; double-spaced; Times New Roman font; 12-point type. There will be two sets of winners (high school category and middle school category) with the following winner-prizes for each category: 1st Prize – $350.00; 2nd Prize – $300.00; 3rd Prize – $250.00; 4th Prize – $200.00; and 5th Prize – $150.00. Winners will be announced mid-July.

Judges for the high school categoryHarvey Barkin, Editor-In-Chief, FilAm Star weekly newspaper; Francis Espiritu, Executive Editor/Publisher, Philippine News Today weekly newspaper; Romy Morales, Former daily field reporter;People’s Journal and book author. And Don Orozco, Sr. International Correspondent, Eagle Broadcasting Corporation; Host, Radyo Agila sa Amerika.

For the Middle School Category are: Benjie Fernandez, Immediate Past President, Milpitas Executive Lions Club; 2ndVice Governor, District, Lions International; Dr. Roman Dannug, PhD, Former PUP Dean; Rudolfo Brillantes, Former PUP English Lit. Professor; Denis Marks, Former Stage Drama and English/Journalism Professor, Evergreen Community College; and Lino F. Caringal, Jr., Co-Editor, Palaris and The Urdaneta Voice (TUV).

LEAC is composed of Yu-lan Chou, chairperson; Elpidio R. Estioko, chair, subcommittee for essay contest; Ha Phan, vice chair, member of the sub-committee; Hellie Mateo, member of the sub-committee; Nonie McDonald, Therese Hoang, Danah Arbaugh, and Susan Loh, commissioners.

An essay ( refers to a short and formal piece of writing whose focus is on presenting or supporting a singular subject of discussion. The word ‘essay’ is derived from the Latin word ‘exagium,’ which denotes to present a case. When students write an essay, they submit a claim on a particular topic by outlining a specific point of view, making an analysis, interpreting facts, or establishing ideas by the use of research evidence.

So, whether they are writing an argumentative essay, a descriptive essay, an exploratory, an analytical or a review essay, they have to follow an outlined organization which usually follows three parts: an introduction, which informs the reader what you are writing; the body, which is the central part of the discussion which provides an in-depth analysis of the topic through evidence; and the conclusion which surmises all the information discussed in the essay. 

Why should students write essays? Cody Rhodes is a learning specialist at, said: “Writing essays develops essential skills and functions in the education of a student, thereby making them helpful to them. It enables them to practice and perfect skills transferable throughout their learning career and into their profession. For example, one develops the ability to read and write, think, organize ideas, and communicate in an efficient manner.”

Further he said, “… it enables students to build up a formal and organized method of writing that passes information without a doubt… It helps in organizing your thought on what you are learning, builds vocabulary, and a distinct writing style.”

Improving writing skills also helps in developing the necessary writing skills of students to complete other writing assignments (essay zoo).

Through the writing of essays, one discovers that with practice and determination, a student can become proficient in writing and the assigning of essays to students plays a significant role in learning. Essay writing promotes critical thinking pushing them to learn how to observe different perspectives and views.

The value of learning how to write an essay goes beyond education into the workforce.  To succeed in the workplace, one needs to possess correct grammar, spelling, writing skills, and good communication. Thus, essays prepare students to become a successful individual in the future.

It gives students an added advantage in the job market. Just like in school, where writing assignments give one a grade, in the job market, skills in writing puts one ahead of other job seekers. Having the ability to write clear and grammatically correct letters, and knowing what they are talking about makes them ideal candidates. 

Essay writing is beneficial in the lives of students, so they should continue writing them!

Thanks to LEAC for sponsoring this year’s essay writing contest!

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