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Essay Competition 2015
TAMIU GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

"Creating a Vision"

 

Essay Competition 2015

 

WRITE IT! GEAR IT! LIVE IT!

Thank you to all the GEAR UP IV Students who participated in the 2015 Essay Competition WRITE IT! GEAR IT! LIVE IT! The Students winners were celebrated during an Awards Ceremony on June 20th, 2015. This year, students were invited to write about any of the following three topics:

1) Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Were you successful? What lessons did you learn from this experience? How has GEAR UP IV helped you with your goals?

2) What are Three Major ways you have contributed to your community where you have shown leadership or initiative and what difference do you want to make in the world? How has GEAR UP IV helped you with your goals?

3) Considering your lifetime goals, discuss experiences you are proud of and how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals. How has GEAR UP IV contributed towards meeting your goals?

 

Congratulations to the following winners!!!

Are you ready to LIVE IT!???

LIVEIT

 

1st. Place

Trip to San Francisco, CA to participate in the 2015 NCCEP/GEAR UP Youth Leadership Congress on July 18-23, 2015 (10 Students).

District

High School Name 

Student Name

Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Angelica Garza
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Daniel Garcia
Jim Hogg ISD
Hebbronville High School
Olivia Garcia
La Joya ISD
Juarez-Lincoln High School 
Melanie Gomez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Angel Guerrero
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Jaime Rivera
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Melissa Garcia
United ISD
United High School
Daniel King
United ISD
United High School
Iliana Cantu
United ISD
United South High School
Martha Espinoza

 

2nd. Place

Ivy League Tour : Harvard University, MIT, Brown University, Yale University, Princeton University among others on August 9-14, 2015 (30 Students).

District
High School Name 
Student Name
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Andrea Osuna
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Ariana Contreras
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Cleotilde Padilla
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Esmeralda Garza
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Francisco Garcia
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Maria Dariela Sanchez
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Michelle Lucille Aguilar
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Nataly Sanchez
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Nayeli Longoria
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Xitlalli Cervantes
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Janell Garza
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Sergio Martinez
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Makayla Cantu
La Joya ISD
Jimmy Carter Early College High School
Alissen Danisse Moreno
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Ashley Marie Romero
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Brianna Viveros
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Jullisa Gomez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Kayhla Joann Bautista
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Vicente Sanchez
La Joya ISD
Thelma R. Salinas STEM Early College HS
Guadalupe Lucero Castillo
Laredo ISD
Laredo Early College High School
Paloma Quiroga
Laredo ISD
Martin High School
Donna L Gonzalez
Laredo ISD
Martin High School
Jokabeth Castaneda
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Cassandra Victoria Ruiz
United ISD
United High School
Dante Angel Briones
United ISD
United High School
Jorge Enrique Lopez
United ISD
United South High School
Brisa Gutierrez
United ISD
United South High School
Elizabeth Rodriguez
United ISD
United South High School
Jesus Mendoza
Webb CISD
Bruni High School
Marco Antonio Perez

 

3rd. Place

Out of State Tour - UT, Baylor, University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, University of Arkansas (Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma Tour) on August 3-6, 2015 (70 Students).

District
High School Name 
Student Name
Benavides
Benavides Secondary School
Erestina Vela
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Juan Gildardo Mata
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Kasandra Esparza
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Laura Novel
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Rocio Elida Elizondo
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Sydney Gloria
Eagle Pass ISD
C. C. Winn High School
Victor De La Garza
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Abigail Ruiz
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Alejandra Rueda
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Fernanda Gonzalez
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Hirom Alarcon
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Lizette Cabello
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Rolando Gonzalez
Eagle Pass ISD
Eagle Pass High School
Thery Cardenas
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Chelsea Medina
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Emory Flores
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Jordan Cantu
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Krishna Patel
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Perla Reyes
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Sara Alaniz
Freer ISD
Freer High School
Xaverya Dominguez
Jim Hogg ISD
Hebbronville High School
Lily Victoria Montemayor
La Joya ISD
Jimmy Carter Early College High School
Emily Edith Torres
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Aaron Michael Zambrano
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Abigail Salazar
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Adrian Lopez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Alexis Reina Jimenez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Andrew Puente
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Brenda Lee Ramos
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Carolina Naely Gonzalez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Claudessa Aylinee Bazaldua
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Dilan Adolfo Guerrero
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Eliseo Rodriguez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Jaclyn Nicole Noyola
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Jannel Miliany Alaniz
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Jose Antonio Nanez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Juan Alberto Alvarado
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Juan Jose Castro
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Karen Cande Rios
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Nathaniel Baldemar Torres
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Omar Isai Gonzalez
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Priscilla Hilario
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Rogelio E Garza
La Joya ISD
Palmview High School
Sarahi Zavla
Laredo ISD
Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School
Karina Daniela Rojo
Laredo ISD
J.W. Nixon High School
Andres Ivan Lopez
Laredo ISD
J.W. Nixon High School
Deborah Teresa Galvan
Laredo ISD
J.W. Nixon High School
Hailey Marie Chagolla
Laredo ISD
J.W. Nixon High School
Monika Alejandra Rodriguez
Laredo ISD
J.W. Nixon High School
Ozziel Cardenas
Laredo ISD
Martin High School
Diana Laura Parra
Pearsall ISD
Pearsall High school
Bernadette Rendon Guerra
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Amanda Hope Zepeda
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Guillermo Andres Escobar
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Joo An Rim Kim
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Kevon Pascua Afraee Karahroodi
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Pola Hannan Kuri
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Rebecca Alicia Martinez
United ISD
J.B. Alexander High School
Vanesa Puente
United ISD
United High School
Austin Tres Aleman
United ISD
United High School
Chelsea Marie Cantu
United ISD
United High School
Eddie Ramos
United ISD
United High School
Jacklyn Marie Reyna
United ISD
United High School
Leslie Michelle De Leon
United ISD
United High School
Marcela Lynn Sager
United ISD
United High School
Vanessa Aileen Valle
United ISD
United South High School
Adriana Marquez
United ISD
United South High School
Andrea Miranda
United ISD
United South High School
Jenniffer Valdez
Webb CISD
Bruni High School
Kassandra Inocencio

 

Awards Ceremony Pictures

1 2 3
3 5 6
78 7 7
79 99 34
Group Picture by School
CCWInn EPHS FreerHS
Eagle Pass ISD - CC Winn High School
Eagle Pass ISD - Eagle Pass High School
Freer ISD - Freer High School
Hebb Jimmy Lincoln
Bruni HS - Benavides HS - Hebbronville HS
La Joya ISD - Jimmy Carter ECHS
La Joya ISD - Juarez-Lincoln HS and Thelma Salinas STEM ECHS
Palmview Martin Nixon
La Joya ISD - Palmview High School
Laredo ISD - Martin High School
Laredo ISD - Nixon High School
Alexander United UnitedSouth
United ISD - Alexander High School
United ISD - United High School
United ISD - United South High School

 

The winning essays were selected by TAMIU administrators and instructors. Special thank you to our judges: Dr. Conchita Hichey, Dean of the Office of University College; Virginia Watkins, Instructor; Lilia Patricia Cantu, Instructor; Ann Hoey, Instructor; and Monica Thorpe, Instructor. 

 

 

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Essay Contest Details

Registration for the 2015 Essay Competition is now closed.

Thank you for participating!!!

The Deadline for 2015 will be 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, May 3, 2015

WRITEIT

All Essays should specifically address one of the following TOPICS:

1) Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Were you successful? What lessons did you learn from this experience? How has GEAR UP IV helped you with your goals?

2) What are Three Major ways you have contributed to your community where you have shown leadership or initiative and what difference do you want to make in the world? How has GEAR UP IV helped you with your goals?

3) Considering your lifetime goals, discuss experiences you are proud of and how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals. How has GEAR UP IV contributed towards meeting your goals?

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GEARIT

RULES AND GUIDELINES:

1. Essay should be 1000-1500 words in length.

2. Essay must be submitted between April 15, 2015 and 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, May 3, 2015.

3. Submit your Essay using the following link: Essay_Competition. Only the first 500 essays will be considered. Registration is now closed!

4.All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification. All sources, including articles you have written, must be cited.

5. Attach a copy of your original work in English on the designated topic, which should include a comprehensive list of sources consulted. You must write on one of the topics provided; essays on other topics will not be accepted. Please title your essay.

6. Do not place your name or your school's name on any of the pages of the essay. Only the registration form should include this information.

7. Essays MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Essays submitted in any other format will not be considered.

8. Your essay will be disqualified if it does not meet the requirements or is submitted after the submission date of 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, May 3, 2015.

9. Student must be a current TAMIU GEAR UP IV student (10th Grade) and must have proper documentation to travel within the U.S.

10. You will be notified if you are the winner in May or June 2015. The names of winners will be posted on GEAR UP IV Social Media website and at the School's GEAR UP IV Office.

11. Submission of essays constitutes permission for TAMIU GEAR UP IV program to post, reproduce and/or print winning essays on different media, including social media.

12. Your essay will become the property of the TAMIU GEAR UP IV Program once it is submitted, and will not be returned.

13. The decisions of the judges are final. See Essay Rubric.

14. Student must participate in a PSAT Boot Camp during Summer of 2015 and/or during Academic Year 2015-2016 at their school when available.

Thank you for your essay submission and good luck!

 

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LIVEIT

PRIZES

1st. Place

Trip to San Francisco, CA to participate in the 2015 NCCEP/GEAR UP Youth Leadership Congress on July 18-23, 2015 (10 Students).

2nd. Place

Ivy League Tour : Harvard University, MIT, Brown University, Yale University, Princeton University among others on August 9-14, 2015 (30 Students).

3rd. Place

Out of State Tour - UT, Baylor, University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, University of Arkansas (Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma Tour) on August 3-6, 2015 (100 Students).

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2015 Essay Competition Rubric

  1. ESSAY (60 PTS). See Essay Rubric.
  2. PSAT Scores (20 PTS)
  3. ACT Scores (10 PTS)
  4. Qannection usage (5 PTS) - Minimum 2hr in 2015 Spring Semester.
  5. Followed Guidelines (5 PTS).

Total Possible Points: 100 PTS.

 

Essay Rubric

12

9

6

3

Development

Ideas presented in the essay are well-developed but not wordy; analysis is clearly and fully  supported; cogent examples are provided; the essay leaves no questions unintentionally unanswered

Most analysis and ideas are satisfactorily developed.  Examples are usually provided where appropriate.

 

Development is inconsistent; some ideas are left unaddressed.  Little analysis, few examples  provided

Development is thin and spotty.  Ideas are not supported by analysis or examples

Organization

The essay is thoughtfully and effectively organized; its organization may or may not be of a recognizable “standard” but it works to effect the purpose of the essay

While the essay is clearly, even carefully organized, its structure may not be the most effective presentation of the material

The essay has a recognizable, perhaps formulaic, organization, but the structure bears no obvious relationship to the purpose of the essay

The essay is not clearly organized.

Je ne sais quoi

This essay made me say “Wow”

The essay made me say “pretty cool”

The essay made me say “okay”

The essay made me say “Boring”

Style

The essay exhibits a perhaps distinctive written style   whose diction and tone are clearly suited to the purpose of the essay.

The voice is academically or professionally appropriate, but not necessarily tailored to the essay.

 Diction and tone are unsophisticated and inappropriate.

“The first reason is…”

Mechanics

While it may not be mechanically perfect, the essay contains no distracting mechanical errors

The essay contains a few distracting mechanical errors (in usage, spelling, punctuation, etc.)

The essay has several distracting errors that interfere in the communication of ideas

The paper is riddled with errors that impede understanding

 

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