Switching Places Essay Contest

Both contests were offered region-wide.  The essay contest was offered to all seventh grade students and the infomercial contest was available to all high school students.

The essay contest takes it’s inspiration from the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”, published in 1990.  This was his final published work before his death in 1991 and follows the main character through the basic stages of life, using creations like “the waiting place” to represent the challenges and difficulties faced in everyone’s life.

The Career Infomercial contest was introduced to explore career possibilities by using a PowerPoint presentation with embedded videos and narration to convince the viewer to consider specific occupations for further exploration.

The purpose of these annual contests, sponsored by the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc., is to encourage students to consider career choices and explore areas of interest.  The  goal is to expose students to careers and encourage the exploration of opportunities that are available to them in the workforce for the future.

The essays and infomercials were judged by celebrity judges and workforce professionals.  The winners received certificates and Wal-Mart gift cards.

Career Infomercials

First Place: Licensed Practical Nurse by Veronica R. and Alejandra V. – Lorenzo Walker Technical High School


Second Place:  Criminology by Christelle G. and Sayra R. – Lorenzo Walker Technical High School


Third Place:  Special Education by Sara K. and Amanda M. – Lorenzo Walker Technical High School


Honorable Mention:  Immokalee High School


“Oh, the Places you’ll Go” Winner’s Essays

First Place, East Naples Middle School :  I Believe – Tamaris B.

Second Place, East Naples Middle School: Place I Will Go – Mason R.

First Place, Immokalee Middle School :  Oh, the places I’ll go! – Levi B.

Second Place, Immokalee School:  Oh, the places you’ll go [What has been told and retold] – Alberta M.

Military Family Month
Art & Essay Contest teaches healthy communication skills

Military children draw and write about unique challenges

Details and Information:

Co-sponsored by GEICO, the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest allows children to express their military lifestyle and serves to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country. Entries for the art contest depict the theme, “My Military Family” or "My Day at the ASYMCA," while the essay's theme is either "My greatest challenge as a military child has been.." or "How the Armed Services YMCA helped me."

The contest is officially launched every November and is open to all eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members. Winners of both the art and essay contests are announced in April and have their winning entries displayed at 34 Armed Services YMCA branch and affiliate locations, as well as military bases worldwide during Military Family Month each November.  

Winners also receive a special Apple brand product prize to help military children continue creating and expressing themselves.

Art Contest

Entries for the art contest should depict the theme, “My Military Family” or "My Day at the ASYMCA." The art contest promotes art among children in grades 1–6 of active duty or retired (with 20+ years of service) members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves families.

Essay Contest

This year’s the essay contest's two themes, "How the ASYMCA has helped me," or "My greatest challenge as a military child has been.." encourages military children to use creative writing to express how they conquered the challenge or how the ASYCMA was a part of their life.

Reminder: all artwork and essays become the property of the Armed Services YMCA.


Submissions for the ASYMCA Art & Essay Contest should be submitted by March 16, 2018

Details and entry forms

Rules, instructions, & entry forms can be found by clicking the rules & entry form button.  

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