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Scheid Vineyards

Scheid Writing Contest

The Scheid Writing Contest was conceived by Al Scheid for his high school alma mater, Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio. He began the contest there in 1984 as a way to give back to the community that he grew up in and provide assistance for motivated high school students who wanted to attend college. Five years later, Al decided that the contest was an idea that should be brought to our local community and he started the program at King City High School. When Greenfield High School opened in 2001 (built on land that was formerly in vineyards owned by Scheid), another school was added to the format.

In bringing the Scheid Writing Contest to our local community, Al’s goal was to challenge area students to think about a broad range of topics and encourage them to pursue higher education. Al has always believed and instilled in his family that being able to communicate your ideas effectively is the key to success throughout one’s life. He created a writing contest to give students the opportunity to fully delve into a subject, form an opinion, and gain experience in communicating that information in a written essay. 

Each year, the winners of the Scheid Writing Contest are chosen based on their ability to research and write a 3 – 5 page essay on a given topic. A separate contest is held for each high school grade level. Past topics have included Guantánamo Bay and interrogation techniques, the Ground Zero mosque, the impact of social media on society, the death penalty, immigration reform, global warming, the USA Patriot Act and its effect on an individual’s right to privacy, the use of military tribunals in terrorist cases, and the pros and cons of the Electoral College.

Now in its 30th year in our local community high schools, Scheid Vineyards has awarded over $320,000 in scholarship money. 

2017 Essay Topic - The Electoral College

Discuss the creation of the Electoral College and how it became a part of our Constitution. What are the pros and cons of the electoral-vote system? What are the dangers of changing the system and electing the president by popular vote? Do you think the electoral-vote system should be kept in place or abolished? Support your position.

Senior Winners

Greenfield High School:
1st place:                               Celeste
2nd place:                              Daniela
3rd place:                               Evelin
4th place:                               Thomas

King City High School:
1st place                                Noemi
2nd place                               Evelyn 
3rd place                                Sandy   
4th place                                Aaron