2019 ASBA Student Essay/Speaking Contest

Gabrielle Thurman, a 2019 Pottsville High School graduate, won ASBA’s first personal essay/speaking contest.

For the second year, the Arkansas School Boards Association is holding a personal essay/speaking contest where 11th and 12th grade students will have an opportunity to present before an audience of more than 600 school board members and administrators during the ASBA Annual Conference, held December 11-13, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

The purpose for this contest is two-fold. First, it is designed to give Arkansas juniors and seniors an opportunity to express creative ideas and concepts, conduct research, think critically, practice public speaking skills and subsequently receive recognition for doing so. Secondly, it’s an opportunity for Annual Conference attendees to see and hear examples of the quality of young men and women the schools within our state are producing.

Three student winners will present at designated times December 12 & 13 during ASBA’s Annual conference and will also receive cash prizes as follows:

  • 1st Place:   $1000
  • 2nd Place:  $750
  • 3rd place:   $500
  • Honorable Mention:  $250

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Click here for detailed contest instructions, incentives and rules.
The contest deadline is Wednesday, October 23, 2019.


Jennifer George