The Boise School District and a local group of professional communicators have joined forces to conduct an annual student writing contest.
The District in 2006 approved a proposal by Capital City Communicators (CCC) to stage a writing competition every year in October among ninth graders at a different local school. West Junior High was chosen this fall as the participating school for the sixth year of the competition.
"This contest is a good fit for the Boise School District’s ninth-grade students, most of whom are taking speech,” said Stephanie Youngerman, the district’s supervisor of education services. “The competition validates the idea of the importance of effective communication in the workplace, and gives the students an excellent opportunity to display their skills.”
Students submit entries of 300 words or less on the topic, “why I believe communications is important.” Capital City Communicators board members judge the submission,s and winners are named in December.
Writers of the best essays receive cash prizes and the top winner or winners are invited to read their papers at the CCC Christmas luncheon. Parents of the student or students with the best papers are also invited to attend.
Capital City Communicators, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is an independent local organization composed of professionals in public relations, communications, and related fields. The group currently has more than 100 members from around the Treasure Valley and meets monthly in Boise.
The annual CCC writing contest highlights the importance of communication in school, business, and everyday life, according to CCC board member David Cuoio.
“The topic allows the youngsters to pursue a wide variety of ideas while stimulating them to learn more about the valuable skill of communicating even as they use that skill to write their contest entries,” he said.
CONTACT: Stephanie Youngerman – 854-4166
David Cuoio – 389-7243