Events & Programs

PTA Men's Essay Contest - Men Making a Difference

PTA Men's Essay ContestThis statewide essay contest explores the important and varied contributions that men make in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective. All men involved in a child’s life – fathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers, step-fathers, mentors, neighbors, pastors, coaches, and friends – impact the children they care about. Research clearly shows that male involvement positively influences academic success at all levels of schooling – preschool through college. When male figures are involved with students’ schooling, they enjoy school more and perform better in and out of school. The application deadline is March 1st each year.

Men’s Essay 2016-2017 Winners Announced

2016-2017 Winners

Grade level K:
Siya Gupta, Cedar Wood Elementary, Bothell
My Daddy’s Essay

Grade level 1-2:
Caitlyn Ewasko, Greenacres Elementary, Spokane Valley
Men Making A Difference

Grade level 3-5:
Alexander Wright, Samantha Smith Elementary, Sammamish
Me and My Dad

Grade level: 6-8:
Joshua Platte, Heatherwood Middle School, Mill Creek
Grandpa, Me, and Jimmy Fallon

Grade level 9-12:
Navik Nanubhai, Skyline High School, Sammamish
My Dad is My Inspiration

Contest Guidelines

Essay Contest Objective

To help promote male engagement around the state of Washington, the objective of this contest is for students of all ages and abilities to write an essay about a male role model that has had a profound impact on their life. These essays, from the students’ perspectives, will serve to inspire positive male engagement.

Students may consider many questions when writing their essays including (but not limited to):

  • Why is this male role model important in your life?
  • What life lessons, ethics, or skills has he taught you?
  • Why do you look up to him and appreciate having him in your life?
  • How would your life be different without him?
  • How would other kids benefit from having a similar role model in their lives?


  • Special author – Elementary (kindergarten through 5th grade)
  • Special author – Secondary (6th grade through 12th grade)
  • Kindergarten and grades 1-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

Essay Contest Participation Guidelines

  • Essays will be scored on the current state learning standards for writing and will be scored on content, organization, language/conventions, and style per the program judging form.
  • Deadline for submissions: postmarked no later than March 1 each year.
  • Entries must include a completed and signed PTA Men’s Essay Contest application form, typed or handwritten legibly on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper, and be no more than 650 words.
  • One entry per student; multiple entries from one student will be disqualified.
  • Open to all Washington State children K-12 in public, private or home-school settings.
  • Each entry must be an original, not be written by a parent or professional, has not previously won a prize, and does not infringe upon the copyright or other proprietary rights of any third party.
  • Awards will be presented at the Reflections Celebration in the Spring.