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Scheid Vineyards

Scheid Writing Contest

1st Place Andres Velasquez

2nd Place Chanel Vargas

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 include 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 25th year in our local community high schools, Scheid Vineyards has awarded over $300,000 in scholarship money. 

2013 Essay Topic

Reality television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, have become very popular over the past decade.  Many reality shows draw huge viewership, thereby making a lot of money for broadcasters and creating instant celebrities.  These shows run the gamut from lewd and vulgar to inspirational and uplifting, and everything in between.  What are some of the negative effects that reality television has on our society?  What are some of the positive?  Do you believe that reality TV reflects reality?  Should there be a reality TV code of ethics and, if so, what should it include?  Do you watch reality TV?  Why or why not?

2013 Senior Winners

Greenfield High School:
1st place:                               Andres Velasquez
2nd place:                              Chanel Vargas
3rd place:                               Rachel Pajas
4th place:                               Vanessa Arredondo

King City High School:
1st place                                 Kirstie Foster
2nd place                               Jake Stephens
3rd place                                Kathryn Howard
4th place                                Joshua Miller