Foothill students responded overwhelmingly to the invitation to take part in our school’s fifth annual Laws of Life essay and art contest.
More than 900 students wrote essays and another 103 students created original art.
The Laws of Life are the core values that we take with us wherever we go and whatever we do. The essay contest challenges students to discover the values that will guide them through life. Students are asked to pick at least one character trait and explain how an event or person in their lives exemplified this trait. Students can choose from one of six character traits that are part of
’s ongoing Community of Character program – compassion, honestly, respect, integrity, responsibility and self-discipline. Pleasanton
Many students entered the contest voluntarily, while some were required to write essays as a class assignment. The essay contest started in late January and ran until Feb. 13. A total of 926 students wrote personal essays.
Thanks to our wonderful Foothill community, 92 parents and community members gathered in the school’s multipurpose room in mid-February to judge the hundreds upon hundreds of well-written essays. In the end, 20 students from all grade levels were honored for their essays. One student was recognized for her artwork.
The winners were honored at a campus luncheon in early March. Dozens of students, Foothill administrators, school board members and city leaders attended the awards luncheon. Foothill’s character team greeted and served at the luncheon, while the school’s catering students prepared and helped serve the meal. Student Nathan Cheung entertained guests with his amazing piano skills. Leadership students directed traffic, provided signs and videotaped the event. The luncheon was covered by the school’s InFlight newspaper staff and yearbook staffers.
Essay winners were awarded these amounts -- $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place, $30 for fourth place and $20 for fifth place. The art winner received $50.
Special thanks to Laws of Life coordinators and parent volunteers Terri Maxoutopoulis and Dana Dotson. Thanks to the students on Foothill’s Character Team – Emily Hanamura, Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, Casey Mensinger, Megan Tabler, Lauren Woolley, Andrea Davis, Audrey Wilson, Megan Gerlach, Amanda Kalbarczyk, Jenna Sparks and Sarah Hadley. Finally, thanks to teacher Kelly Sandler, counselor Jennifer Roush and Vice Principal Lori Vella for their work on the committee.
Congratulations to these students for placing in the Laws of Life contest:
Freshmen Student Teacher
1st place Kristen McDeavitt Ms. Pagtakhan
2nd place Meredith Horning Ms. McLaughlin
3rd place Saiba Singh Ms. McLaughlin
4th place Tadeh Sarkis-Kelly Ms. Garlit
5th place Kelsey Fey Ms Dagen
1st place Megha Jain Ms. Pagtakhan
2nd place Wendy Li Ms. McLaughlin
3rd place Jenna Herzog Ms. McLaughlin
4th place Jay Coles Ms. O’Neill
5th place Samuel Hsieh Ms. McLaughlin
1st place Jennifer Lee Ms. Dagen
2nd place Ruoju Gu Ms. Dagen
3rd place Holly Battershell Ms. Dagen
4th place Christopher Bowman Ms. Garlit
5th place Namrata Nadella Mr. Richey
1st place Sally Kim Ms. Bradley
2nd place Prachi Naik Ms. Castagnini
3rd place Hye-Min Oh Ms. DeGiobbi
4th place Edris Bemanian Ms. Castagnini
5th place Paige McGlinchy Ms. DeGiobbi
Victoria Chen Ms. Trish Fenton