2018 Seton High School Essay Contest

“What Homeschooling Has Helped Me Achieve” 


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Time to sharpen up your pencils, break out your pens, and open your laptops. Seton’s 2018 High School Essay Contest has begun!

The theme of Seton’s latest essay contest can take you in many different directions.  Perhaps homeschooling has enabled you to excel in activities like gymnastics, ballet, music, or sports.

Perhaps learning at home has allowed you to grow mentally and spiritually in ways you never imagined or thought possible.

Perhaps the flexibility of homeschooling has given you and your family the freedom to travel or has provided you with some new opportunity such as a mission trip or volunteering in a soup kitchen.

Your approach to your chosen topic is also up to you. Your essay, for example, may be serious or humorous, a narrative of a specific event or a thoughtful picture of the gifts you have received from your home education.

Seton students are generally excellent writers, so take your training in syntax, grammar, and the art of the essay, add your own creative touch, and send us your composition. Here’s your chance to shine!

The Contest is open to Seton high school students, grades 9 through 12.

  • Essays should be no longer than 850 words.
  • Judging will focus on clarity of thought, use of the essay format, and adherence to the topic theme.
  • Entries will be divided into two groups; 9th – 10th grade and 11th – 12th grade.*
  • There will be 1st and 2nd Place Prizes for each group.
  • The contest closes on June 10.
  • *Students graduating this year are eligible to participate

1st Place Prizes are $100 & 2nd Place Prizes are $50

A panel of judges will evaluate all the compositions. Winners will be notified by August 1, and the essay of the First Prize Winners for each grade level will appear in the next issue of the Bayley Bulletin.


If you are under 18, we are required to have your parent or guardian sign a release form for your submission. Click here to find out how to obtain and submit this entry form. 


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Summarize your story in 75-350 characters , Use wordcounter.net to ensure the right length. A character = letter, space, digit.

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