PWCS students named winners in Prince William County Bar Association essay contest
Posted on 01/18/2018
First Place Winners

The Prince William County Bar Association named nine students from PWCS as winners in the annual Character Counts! Essay Contest, which is open to all students enrolled in public middle schools in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.  Over 250 essays were submitted from nine area middle schools on one of the six pillars of good character that are the foundation of the nationally recognized Character Counts! Program:  trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. 

Volunteer attorneys and judges from the PWC Bar Association read every essay submitted and select the winning entries.  All first place winners received a $100 cash prize and all second place winners received a $50 cash prize.  These awards were made possible by a grant from the PWC Bar Foundation.

The first place winners include:  Shrey Gupta, eighth grade, Reagan Middle School for trustworthiness; Seerat Subzwari, sixth grade, Potomac Middle School for respect; Janna Elzaiat, sixth grade, Potomac Middle School for responsibility; John McDonald, seventh grade, Reagan Middle School for caring; and Allison An, seventh grade, Reagan Middle School for citizenship.

The second place winners include: Bayleigh Rogers, seventh grade, Reagan Middle School for trustworthiness; Kimberly Alvarez, sixth grade, Woodbridge Middle School for respect; Maggie Son, seventh grade, Reagan Middle School for responsibility; and Maggie Manning, sixth grade, Saunders Middle School for fairness.

Here are some excerpts from Essay Contest winners:

Trustworthiness, “The power of trustworthiness of one friend trumps the lack of it in tens or even hundreds of friends.”  By Shrey Gupta

Respect:  “Although it becomes difficult to respect someone that doesn’t do the same for you, that is when it becomes the most important.”  By Seerat Subzwari

Responsibility, “Responsible means that you do the things that you are expected to do and accept the results of your actions.”  By Janna Elzaiat

For more about this and other community service programs sponsored by the PWC Bar, visit  www.pwcba.org