Our future leaders are talking. The Community Relations Commission thinks we should tune in.

The CRC is pleased to invite the public to the awards ceremony for their second annual essay contest Tuesday, April 18, at Schrock Pavilion, Shanklin Park. The event starts with a meet and greet at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

The essay contest calls on all Goshen students in junior high through senior high school to discuss one of the eight CRC principles. The winners will receive up to $150 in cash.

Students who choose to participate are entered in one of two categories: grades 7-8—who will be required to submit an essay of 300-600 words; and grades 9-12, who will be asked to submit an essay of 500-800 words.

The CRC principles are:

  • Honor the dignity of each person and each person’s rights
  • Listen to the diverse voices of the community
  • Cultivate constructive communication and engagement
  • Value honesty, truthfulness, and integrity
  • Promote a community that is safe for all
  • Acknowledge and accept the challenge of change—that it may have both positive and negative consequences
  • Promote the acceptance of differences
  • Promote equality and freedom from discrimination

A committee of three judges has determined 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each category: Jr. High and Sr. High.

The event is open and free to all. Light refreshments will be provided. Copies of the submitted essays will be available for reading prior to the awards ceremony.

To view this year’s essays, go to