"This I Believe" Essay Contest

WBAA is happy to host the This I Believe essay contest again this year. This contest offers the opportunity to high school seniors to share what they believe.

This I Believe is an essay program for West Central Indiana high school seniors. An expression of where their minds are as they are about to enter the adult world.

This I Believe was started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951 to allow anyone able to distill the guiding principles by which they lived.

Ten winners will be chosen and will be awarded $100 from the Lafayette Daybreak Rotary. Winning essays will be read at a morning rotary meeting, appear in local area newspapers, and will be recorded and aired on WBAA!

Essays should be between 250-300 words and submitted to Sue Hill at hill179@purdue.edu no later than Wednesday, March 11th. Winners will be announced no later than Thursday, March 19th.

Please feel free to call with any questions.


Check out the winning essays from our past contests below: 


2019 TIB Essayists:

Amanda Kirchner -Science of Today

Lauren Gustafson-Lost in Conversation

Tessa Weisbecker-Lotz-I Believe in Listening

Maya Garringer-The Power of Giving

Sierra Schwartz-The Golden Rule

Makayla Adams-Gratitude Filled Hearts

Koby Wallpe-Living the Country Life

Aaron Sandel-Divided We Stand

Emma Fisher-Laughter:  The Best Medicine

Samantha St. Myer-Doing Your Best


2018 TIB Essayists:

Alexis Huey - The Myth of the Millennial Narcissus/The Birth of the New Aphrodite

Stephanie Browning - Risky Business

Abigail Marroquin - You Can Count on Family

Allyson Souligne - Measuring Worth

Carlie Murchinson-Martin - One Smile at a Time

Kenna Thompson - Music Sets us Free

Shavelle Pinkton - Forgiveness Changes the Future

Abby Bougher - It Pays to be Flexible

McKenna James - I Believe We Can

Kayla Doyle - Be Your Own Best Friend



Sue Hill


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