By Scott Halasz
April 12, 2014
XENIA — Joshua Hamilton, a fourth grader at Xenia Christian Elementary School, was a runner-up in BIC’s “Quality Comes In Writing” national essay contest.
To enter the contest, students completed essays with one of the following themes:
• Have you ever made someone feel bad because you used the wrong words? What would you say differently if you had a “do over”? Describe the situation without using the person’s name.
• How could you help your class or school? For example, you could help increase kindness, prevent bullying or accept others’ differences. Invent a slogan to get everyone in the school or class involved. Explain why you chose your slogan.
Hamilton came up with the slogan “Accept Others, They’re Your Brothers” and wrote a poem to go along with the slogan.
Winners were chosen out of more than 5,000 essay entries from around the country by One2One Communications LLC, an independent judging organization.
“The entries we received for Quality Comes in Writing this year were creative, thoughtful and well-written,” said Kellie Hayden, Communications & Community Relations Coordinator, BIC Corporation. “We’re proud to emphasize the importance of strong writing skills, and to encourage the development of those skills, through the activities in this program. We’d like to extend a warm thank you to the dedicated teachers for their participation and for inspiring their students to excel every day.”
As a runner-up, Hamilton received $100 cash. In addition, the teachers of all winners and runners- up will each receive a $100 American Express gift card.