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Listen to a Life Essay Contest
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Listen to a Life Essay Contest
Listen to a Life Essay Contest
ANNOUNCING 2014-2015 WINNERS
OF THE LISTEN TO A LIFE STORY CONTEST
 
The Legacy Project's annual Listen to a Life Contest is open to young people 8-18 years, with a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older.

One Grand Prize Timeless Award winner receives a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer and a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time. 10 Legacy Award winners also receive a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time. All winners receive a framed award certificate and an autographed copy of Dream, an award-winning bestseller about hopes and dreams across a lifetime, through history, and into the future.

This year's contest winners are announced below…

Listen to a Life Contest Prizes

Lenovo



The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93z All-In-One computer integrates the monitor with the central unit, resulting in a smaller PC footprint and less cable clutter. It packs the full performance of a traditional desktop into a slick 23-inch display. The ThinkCentre M93z comes with an Intel® Core processor, Windows, minimum 2 GB memory, minimum 320 GB harddrive, and a DVD-CD combo drive. Lenovo also offers a variety of other quality notebook and desktop computer systems. Special pricing is available for schools. For more info, visit www.lenovo.com/education

Expressions of Time

Expressions of Time offers a vast selection of home decor clocks,
gift and collectable clocks, Howard Miller furnishings and curio display cabinets. They also offer a wide range of home accessories, including lamps, mirrors, wall décor and accent furniture. For complete product selection, visit www.clockshoppes.com

Frame USA

Frame USA is a one-stop website that offers a wide variety of ready-made picture frames – wood, metal, plastic, shadowboxes, do-it-yourself frame kits, scrapbook frames, certificate frames, and more. For complete product selection, visit www.frameusa.com

Dream by Susan V. Bosak

Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes by Susan V. Bosak has won 11 national awards including an International Reading Association Children's Choice, a Teachers' Choice, and the Pinnacle Award for Best Gift Book. The Listen to a Life Contest theme of time and dreams across a lifetime is inspired by this bestseller. 15 top illustrators each offer a gorgeously illustrated page in a poetic, multilayered story about life's hopes and dreams. A great book to share in the classroom – from elementary to high school – Dream is also a popular milestone gift book for children, teens, and adults. Find out more about Dream

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Message from Educator and Legacy Project
Lead Creator Susan V. Bosak


Legacy Project Lead Susan V. Bosak

Everyone has a story – all we have to do is listen. And if we listen, we can change lives and change communities.

That's exactly what young people across the country have been doing. And the stories you've collected are amazing, interesting, sad, joyful, and inspiring.

Fifteen years collecting life stories, and the Listen to a Life Story Contest is still going strong – more great entries every year. And more students are using technology to record and share those life stories to the pride and appreciation of those they've interviewed, and the interest of family, neighbors, and friends.

While not every entry can be an "official winner," everyone who participates in this contest is a winner. Thank you to every young person, grandparent, and grandfriend. Each entry is important to us, and we respect the time – and effort – you put in to making an entry happen. While I wish we had the resources to provide personal feedback on each entry, know that we appreciate every single word you write and every part of yourself you share.

Students proud to share their entries!

We received thousands of entries from coast to coast. For the Listen to a Life Contest, a young person 8-18 years interviews an older adult 50 years or over about their life experiences – their dreams and goals, obstacles they overcame, pivotal moments, how they found hope – and submits a 300-word essay.

Far left, 102-year-old Toby Santoro

Our youngest entrant this year was 8 years old and the oldest 102 years old. Generations learning from each other, learning with each other. And you know what? I believe this kind of meaningful intergenerational engagement can change the world. That's why the Legacy Project is launching the global intergenerational initiative called YOU 177. It's all up to YOU – Young and Old United.

But back to this year's Listen to a Life Contest. We have some wonderful people to thank – because without them this contest wouldn't be possible. First, a warm thank you to the teachers and parents who encourage and support young people in entering this contest. A grateful thank you to our long-time partner Generations United in Washington, DC, who helps get the word out to young and old, and organizations big and small, across the country. And a HUGE appreciative thank you to our corporate sponsors who provide such great prizes. Lenovo has been with us from the start, providing a ThinkCentre computer as the Grand Prize. Frame USA gives us beautiful frames for the award certificates featuring each winning essay. And Expressions of Time provides a beautiful keepsake timepiece for all our winners.

The last thank you, with a BIG smiley face (in keeping with the happy and sad faces he scribbles on entries as he's judging them, along with stars and asterisks, and red, blue, and yellow pen colors) goes to our lead judge Jim Barry. Every year, he meticulously and respectfully goes over each entry, using both his head and his heart. The judging process is as thorough as it is in large measure because of his efforts. He will always have both my appreciation and admiration.

The next Listen to a Life Story Contest starts on National Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 13, 2015. In the meantime, click below to find out this year's Grand Prize Timeless Award winner and the ten national runner-up Legacy Award winners. The Legacy Award winners are presented in no particular order, other than an interesting sequence. Enjoy the stories!

With warm wishes,

Susan V. Bosak
Legacy Project


Read the 2014-2015 national Listen to a Life Contest Winners

Check out the WS YOU 177 winner from Whitchurch-Stouffville

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