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NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK


Second Annual Acuity Trucker Appreciation Essay Contest

The results are in! Check out our 2018 essay contest winners.


Contest winners

 

We are happy to announce the winners! We received some great stories from kids on how their lives have been impacted by having a parent or family member in the trucking industry. We can't wait to share these stories with you as we gear up for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

 

Elementary school winners

First prize, $750:  Brooks Dunstan -  Beloit, KS
Second prize, $500:  Christopher Howser – Salisbury, MO

Third prize, $250:  Jack Kraemer – Kiel, WI
Honorable mention, $100:  Hayden Pfeifer – Mazon, IL

Honorable mention, $100:  Blake Willocks – Maryville, TN

 

Middle school winners

First prize, $1,500:  Gabby Robbins – Coalville, UT
Second prize, $1,000:  John Hofer – Parker, CO
Third prize, $500:  Addie Hofer – Parker, CO
Honorable mention, $100:  Alyssa Weber - Allegan, MI
Honorable mention, $100:  LillyAnn Robbins – Coalville, UT

 

High school winners

First prize, $2,500:  Gibeon Robbins – Coalville, UT
Second prize, $1,500:  Meghan Brown - Warrenton, MO
Third prize, $1,000:  Ashley Howser – Salisbury, MO

Honorable mention, $100:  Stephanie Vaughan – Iola, WI

Honorable mention, $100:  Makayla Wagner – Osage, IA

 

Essay contest details

See official rules for complete contest details. 

  • Contest is open to all children ages 19 and younger within applicable school categories as of 2017-2018 school year shown below. Contestants must be legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. School group categories include:
    • Elementary school - grades K-4
    • Middle school - grades 5-8
    • High school - grades 9-12
  • One entry per child.
  • Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company employees and their children are not eligible to enter.
  • No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes on winnings.
  • A fully completed W-9 is required prior to all winners claiming a prize.
  • Failure to adhere to the contest rules or submission guidelines will result in disqualification from the contest.

 

Judging

All eligible entries will be evaluated and scored by the Contest judges based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and uniqueness of the story.
  • Use of language relevant to the topic.
  • Creativity in how ideas are expressed.

The entry with the highest total score in each category will be deemed the First Place Winner in that category. Entries with the second highest scores will be deemed Second Place Winners in each category. Entries with the third highest scores will be deemed Third Place Winners in each category. Entries with the fourth and fifth highest scores will receive Honorable Mention. In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score for originality, followed by creativity, will be deemed the winner from among all tying entries. Winners will be notified on or before August 10, 2018.

 

Prizes by category

Elementary School (K-4)

  • One (1) First Place Winner - $750 Check
  • One (1) Second Place Winner - $500 Check
  • One (1) Third Place Winner - $250 Visa Gift Card
  • Two (2) Honorable Mention Winners - $100 Visa Gift Card

 

Middle School (5-8)

  • One (1) First Place Winner - $1,500 Check
  • One (1) Second Place Winner - $1,000 Check
  • One (1) Third Place Winner - $500 Check
  • Two (2) Honorable Mention Winners - $100 Visa Gift Card

 

High School (9-12)

  • One (1) First Place Winner - $2,500 Check
  • One (1) Second Place Winner - $1,500 Check
  • One (1) Third Place Winner - $1,000 Check
  • Two (2) Honorable Mention Winners - $100 Visa Gift Card

 

Prize acceptance

Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company will use reasonable best efforts to notify the winners. In the event a winner cannot be located within five days of the judging period, the winner shall forfeit the prize and we may elect another winner. A parent or guardian must submit a completed W-9 prior to winner claiming a prize; instructions can be found here.

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It was incredible to see how many children look up to the truck drivers in their families and truly appreciate what they do!

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FAQs


Have questions? We have answers.


No, you do not need to be an Acuity insured to have your child enter their essay. This contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. Policyholder status has no bearing on the judging process. The only people who cannot enter are employees of Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company and their children.


Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company employees and their children are not eligible to enter.


Yes, illustrations or drawings that help tell the story can accompany the written essay. We recommend submitting any images in a digital format as they cannot be returned. Please do not send photos of your child.


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