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Georgia Laws of Life Essay Winners ... in Person and Via Zoom

Join us this Friday to celebrate this year's Dunwoody High School winners in the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. You have two ways to join - in person at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter, 111 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta GA 30346, or via Zoom at

The students will be accompanied by Heather Van Wyk, Dunwoody High School's Laws of Life Contest Chair for the last four years. Heather s a literature teacher at Dunwoody High, where she has taught just about every English class offered. In addition to teaching, she is also in charge of DHS’s Writing Center, a one-on-one writing tutorial service for students. Heather graduated from the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in English and later earned a master’s degree in English Education from Georgia State University. She currently lives in Stone Mountain with her husband and their two very large dogs.

This year 25,112 students from 49 Georgia high schools wrote essays for the Laws Of Life Essay Contest. The contest named 135 school level winners and seven state winners with $17,200 in cash prizes. This signature program of the Rotary Clubs of Georgia takes Rotary’s emphasis on ethics, education, peace, and literacy into the classroom. 112 volunteer Rotarians (including seven from Dunwoody) representing 59 sponsoring clubs judged essays to select the winners.

As a social and emotional learning tool, the contest fulfills the state-mandated character education requirement and is offered free of charge to high schools. The contest encourages students to select a “law of life” or motto, reflect upon their lives, and express their personal beliefs through writing.

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has been a huge supporter of this program for almost 20 years. George Stewart has been instrumental in that support from the start - and we present an award to a student in the contest in George's name to recognize his long-time support of the program and Character Education. John Mills currently serves on the State Board that runs the contest. Proceeds from our weekly raffle raises $3,000 each year to sponsor the contest. Dunwoody Rotarians volunteer to sell raffle tickets and judge essays.

Then in May, we have the privilege of hearing Dunwoody High School contest winners read their essays to the Club. Please give a warm welcome to these students, their parents and teachers at this Friday’s meeting.

You can read the 2020-21 winning essays in a book posted on our website.

Posted by George Stewart, Jr.
May 5, 2021


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