Utah League of Cities and Towns

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ULCT Youth Essay Contest

Encourage 4th and 7th grade students in your community to participate in the 2017-18 essay contest! See the following forms for important information about this year’s contest.

Entry Form


Essay Suggested Lesson Plan

Principal’s Letter

The Utah League of Cities and Towns is pleased to announce the winners for the 2016-17 essay contest “Why I Like My Community.”

Each year the League invites all Utah students from 4th and 7th grade to write an essay about the attributes of their respective communities and participate in the contest.  As these students have spent the year studying state history as part of the social studies curriculum, it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to evaluate the things they value about the city or town in which they reside.  Teachers from every school then select one essay per class for submission to the contest.  After a team professional educators reads all submissions, three winning essays are selected from each grade.

The winners are as follows:

7th Grade

4th Grade

Both the students and their respective schools have been awarded the following cash prizes:

The 2017 ULCT “Why I Like My Community” essay contest is made possible through a contribution from Maverik, a sponsor of the Utah League of Cities and Towns.  Maverik’s commitment to the community and desire to acknowledge the talented youth living in our cities and towns makes it possible to provide a much-needed financial contribution to our local schools.

7th Grade Winners

First Prize: Benjamin Sorenson, Gunnison Valley Middle School, Gunnison

Second Prize: Noelle Condie, Gunnison Valley Middle School, Gunnison

Maria Hilton, Canyon View Jr. High, Orem


4th Grade Winners

First Prize: Fred Philpot, Muir Elementary, Bountiful

Second Prize: Sophie Arnold, Highland Elementary, Highland

Third Prize: Tanner Richardson, Reading Elementary (Centerville), Farmington



We encourage you to share the “hometown pride” held by members of your community by inviting principals, teachers and students in your to participate in the 2018 ULCT Essay contest.