Winner Announced for 2016 Auto Body Hawaii Senior Essay Contest

All senior year students from West & North Hawaii’s schools were invited to participate.  This year’s student winner is Simon Ellis from Konawaena.  He wins a $1000 cash prize.

Konawaena Student Simon Ellis was the 2016 Auto Body Hawaii Essay Winner

Konawaena Student Simon Ellis was the 2016 Auto Body Hawaii Essay Winner

Mr. Ellis’s essay, titled “Eclectic Election,” discussed how the current presidential race is generating a conversation amongst teens through social media and its potential impact on topics of teens’ interests. He chose not to write about one particular party but how, more than any other time, teens are actively getting involved in the political arena and how their involvement can make a difference.

An excerpt of his essay follows:

“In school, it has never been uncommon for students to discuss politics in Social Studies and History classes.  These days it’s not uncommon for students to discuss them electively in their free time.  The lunch room talk has moved away from “who’s her boyfriend” to “what is her stance on foreign policy.” I think that one reason teens are so much more involved in the democratic process this year in particular is that social media gives us the ability to discuss the issues like never before. Not only do we talk about current events at school, but we can also talk about them at home and immediately voice our ideas to the rest of the world.  This open dialogue is not only attractive to teens who want to have their voices heard, but also to those of us who want to learn more and see other people’s point of view.”

The full essay is posted on the Auto Body Hawaii website;


2013 Auto Body Hawaii Student Essay Contest

Auto Body Hawaii is announcing their 2nd annual Senior Essay Contest.  Auto Body Hawaii will provide West Hawaii ’s graduating High School Seniors the opportunity to showcase their writing skills for the chance to win $500.

Auto Body Hawaii will also award $500, as well as a gift certificate for a Super Wash Detailing Service; to the winning High School teacher.

2012 winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School. Congratulations Brandt!

2012 winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School.

Showcase your writing skills for the chance to win $500. Email your essay to by April 19th 2013. Write “Senior Essay” in the subject line of your email message.

We have added a second contest to include you. We know often you choose to spend your own money to buy additional supplies your classes need. Auto Body Hawaii would like to help, we are providing you the opportunity to win $500, as well as a gift certificate for a Super Wash Detailing Service; to spend in your classroom as you see fit by participating in our annual essay contest.
Email your essay to by April 19th 2013. Write “Teacher Essay” in the subject line of your email message.

Essay Contest Rules
The length of the essay must be between 650-750 words. Only one essay submission will be accepted per student. All words will be counted. All entries must be submitted as an electronic file in either Microsoft Word or MAC Pages format. Once essays are submitted they may not be re-submitted for any reason. The heading of the essay must include the following: Title, Name of Student or Teacher, Contact Info (Address, Phone Number, email address), School Attending.

Essays will be judged on Content using the Following Scale of Points:

  • Knowledge of subject – 15
  • Practically of proposal – 45
  • Originality – 25
  • Subject matter well organized/clarity of presentation – 15

Essay Contest is open to all High School graduating senior students from the following West Hawaii High Schools:

  • Kealakehe High School
  • Makua Lani High School
  • Konawaena High School
  • West Hawaii Explorations Academy
  • Kanu O Ka’aina Charter School
  • Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino
  • Honokaa High School
  • Kohala High School
  • Hualalai Academy
  • Parker School
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy

2013 Essay Contest Question
“Among many is a growing sentiment that post-secondary education may not be an option for a number of graduating high school students. A worrying report indicates that approximately 62% of West Hawaii’s graduates did not pursue further education; some may have had prior obligations, some may have not been able to bear the cost, while others simply had no interest. What opportunities do you think can be created for graduating students who are not pursuing further education and decide to remain here in West Hawaii?”

Contest Deadline
Entries must be emailed to by April 19th, 2013.

Official Rules
Participation in contest and acceptance of prize constitutes each entrant’s and winner’s permission to use his/her name, likeness, photograph, biographical information, essay, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Contest or Auto Body Hawaii for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, entrants and all prize winners agree to release and hold harmless Auto Body Hawaii, their respective advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries,affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees,officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, or participation in contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way, may be disqualified.

Questions can be sent to:

Scam House “Win Hawaiian Essay House” Now Changes Oprah Wording on Contest

So the $100 Essay SCAM house is still up and running… However, now they have changed the wording on the Oprah Claims!  I can’t wait until they announce the winners of the house to learn more about them. ;)

This scam is run by Mark Samwick and I’ve blogged about it previously here as well as here (notice comments).


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