This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective.

Every day children are exposed to a variety of people and each one has an opportunity to influence the path a child decides to take. Whether it is someone that sparks an interest in a new topic, helps them work through a problem, shapes the kind of person they want to become by modeling behavior, simply listens to them, or any number of other actions, this is the platform for students to share their appreciation.

The application deadline February 15, 2023. The submission process is new this year. We encourage you to read this blog to learn more.

The student must personally know the influencer that they are writing about.

Submissions must be submitted through the online form. Questions? Contact

WSPTA Essay Contest Winners 2021 are located on the Student Showcase page.


For more information, please see the WAPTSA website.