Seven Hills Rotary Club essay winners

Juli Mull Leming (left), essay coordinator for the Seven Hills Rotary Club, and Dawn Faulkner (right), AP English teacher and Rome High contest coordinator, pose with winners Sergio Ocampo, Robert Raymond and Elisabeth Ashton.


The Seven Hills Rotary Club honored local essay winners during the club’s luncheon on April 21.

Rome High School students Sergio Ocampo, 12th grade winner and overall school winner; Robert Raymond, sophomore winner; and Elisabeth Ashton, freshman winner read their essays and received their awards. Junior class winner Isabella Schlitz was unable to attend the ceremony.

Ocampo won $100 cash and the others received $50 cash.

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a statewide essay contest for high school students sponsored by Georgia Rotary Clubs. Fifty-nine schools across the state participated this year, and 45,233 students wrote a Laws of Life essay.

The contest asks students to select a Law of Life — a wise saying or quote — and write an essay on how the maxim applies to their lives. The student winners are selected on how well they have applied that Law of Life to their own life.

There are similar Laws of Life contests across the nation and internationally, but the Georgia contest is the largest Laws of Life contest in the United States, and the largest essay contest of any kind in North America.

The Georgia Laws of Life Contest is a program of the nonprofit Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program.