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Arlene McCabe Award: 

  • $300 Essay Award

LeAnn Basha Award: 

  • $300 Essay Award

LaCinda Lewis Award: 

  • $300 Essay Award

Four $100 Honorable Mention Essay Awards

Submission Deadline:

March 26th

Golden Rule Essay


Golden Lives Essay Criteria:

A biographical essay consisting of a 2–6-page type-written document exported to PDF format. Correct grammatical form is required (MLA standards). Essays should be written about an Arizonan (past or present) who’s impact and contribution lead to a Golden Rule life. The writing should bring the “Golden Lives” subject to life for the readers, utilizing a minimum of four comprehension questions. Open to all 9th through 12th grade High School Students in Arizona. 

Essay examples:

  • Orville’s Golden Rule Experience 

    Orville was traveling to Thatcher from Globe, sweat beaded on his brow and sun beating down overhead. The horses were doing the hardest of the work for him, pulling the wagon and kicking up dust, but the dry heat still made the skin on his face redden. He was passing over Goodsen Wash, a couple … Continue reading »Orville’s Golden Rule Experience 

  • The O’Connor Golden Rule: Fighting for Justice  

    “Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement, and remuneration based on ability.” – Sandra Day O’Connor  Hundreds of patient spectators sat tightly in the White House East Room as President Barack Obama placed the Presidential Medal … Continue reading »The O’Connor Golden Rule: Fighting for Justice