Community Service – Character Counts! Essay Contest
The Prince William County Bar Association sponsors an essay contest each fall, open to all students enrolled in public middle schools in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to focus on the positive character attributes that form the six pillars of good character which are the foundation of the nationally recognized Character Counts! Program.
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship
Students are asked to select one of the pillars of good character and write an essay explaining, "What it means to you." Hundreds of essays are received each year.
Members of the PWC Bar volunteer to read and judge the essays and select one winner per pillar of character and one runner-up. At a special ceremony to commend them for their excellent essays, the winning students receive cash prizes and awards which are made possible by a generous grant from the Prince William County Bar Foundation. The Bar members look forward to reading these essays every year.