Let's keep making history!

For the 3rd year in a row,
The Gertsburg Law Firm and The
Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce
are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind
essay contest. This year, 6000 students from 7 high schools will try to solve a
real-world problem in a well-written essay.

Scroll down to see the
results of last year’s contest.

2018 Contest Winner

  Jeremy Cavanaugh

Chagrin Falls High School

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Best Grade 12 Essay

Allie Kovatch

Chagrin Falls High School

Best Grade 11 Essay

Andrew Clark

Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Best Grade 10 Essay

Grace Lee

Chagrin Falls High School

Best Grade 9 Essay

Jeremy Cavanagh

Chagrin Falls High School

Grade 12 Runner-Up

Anastasia Kotkovskaya

Chagrin Falls High School

Grade 11 Runner-Up

Ethan Sands

Orange High School

Grade 10 Runner-Up

Kate Tzefronis

Orange High School

Grade 9 Runner-Up

Laila Julien

Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

2018 Contest Finalists

Grade 9

Jeremy Cavanagh
Chagrin Falls High School

Callie Conner
Aurora High School

Laila Julien
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Jade Kruyne
Chagrin Falls High School

Siobhan Pearson
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Hannah Schlabach
Aurora High School

Grade 10

Lauren Callahan
Aurora High School

Macey Chamberlin
Kenston High School

Seyan Coco
Orange High School

Anna Eichelberger
Kenston High School

Grace Lee
Chagrin Falls High School

Vishank Raghavan
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Ashley Ruehr
Aurora High School

Molly Sobota
Chagrin Falls High School

Kate Tzefronis
Orange High School

Kathryn Walter
Aurora High School

Mia Zivkovic
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

 

Grade 11

Andrew Clark
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

William Glime
Kenston High School

Avery Houston
Chagrin Falls High School

Alex Hubert
Kenston High School

Peyton Lewis
Chagrin Falls High School

Megan Louttit
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Rakin Rahman
Aurora High School

Carley Salay
Aurora High School

Ethan Sands
Orange High School

Adam Tirpak
Orange High School

Grade 12

Trent Boyne
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Wesley Byrnes
Kenston High School

Caroline Drinko
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

Lauren Eyler
Kenston High School

Gregory Glova
Beachwood High School

Anastasia Kotkovskaya
Chagrin Falls High School

Allie Kovatch
Chagrin Falls High School

WHO

  • 6000 eligible students from Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Orange, Newbury, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Aurora, and Beachwood High Schools
  • Hundreds of business owners, professionals, and community leaders as essay judges
  • Local businesses and community members as contributors and donors

WHAT

  • Students select a real-world problem to solve in 600 words or less (one single-spaced page).

WHEN

  • Essays will be submitted between February 7th and February 21st, 2018
  • Three rounds of judging between February 21st and May 3rd, when final winners in each grade and overall will be announced at an awards banquet

WHY

  • Encourage students to solve a problem they are experiencing
  • Train students and incentivize them to optimize two sets of skills, problem-solving and persuasive communication, which rely on different cognitive abilities
  • Facilitate productive, friendly competition to teach students goal-setting and achievement
  • Reward students’ efforts by providing them with school recognition, community recognition, resume-building opportunities and a cash award
  • Raise funds for the school by matching the student award with an award to
    each school
  • Bring community leaders in contact with schools, their students and future leaders
  • Have the very business leaders who will be their future employers train students now on essential problem solving and communication skills
  • Showcase the talents of students in our community
  • Keep making history

Inaugural “We Solve Problems: Essay Contest finalists, March 30, 2016

Alex Gertsburg addresses finalists March 30, 2016

Jeff Hoffman talking with Morgan Walker
winner of the inaugural “We Solve Problems”
Essay Contest, March 30, 2016

WINNERS

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