Essays On Character Counts

We are excited to announce the 2017 CHARACTER COUNTS! Essay Contest winners!

Collegiate Winners

1st Place: Mary Anna Crovetto, Gamma Mu

Mary Anna Crovetto

Mary Anna Crovetto is a sophomore at Southeastern Louisiana University majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. She is currently the Community Service Chairman for the Gamma Mu chapter, Treasurer of Best Buddies, Treasurer of Rotaract and head coach for a local high school color guard team. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula and enjoys painting and photography. Her dream is to one day open her own sports facility designed specifically for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Click here to read her essay.

2nd Place: Abigail Conage, Eta Lambda

Abigail Conage

Abigail is a senior sociology major at Moravian College.  She is currently interning at the Cancer Support Community, which was the inspiration for her writing this essay. Click here to read her essay.

3rd Place: Katelynn Reyes, Epsilon Alpha

Katelynn Reyes

Katelynn Reyes is a third year at Cal State Eastbay. Her major is History with three options; European History, U.S American History, and third Mexican American History. She recently served as VP of Internal for Greek Council, Panhellenic Association Treasurer, and is currently the community service chair for Epsilon Alpha. Her dream is to serve in the Peace Corp. Click here to read her essay.

Alumnae Winners

Camille Chasteen, Zeta Rho & Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter

Camille Chasteen

Camille received her undergraduate degrees from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.    Her associate degree is in Baking & Pastry Arts; her bachelor degree is in Marketing.  Camille completed her Master’s Degree in business administration in 2009 at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota and is currently serving on the Executive Board for the Hamline Business School.

While attending Johnson & Wales, Camille joined the Zeta Rho chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma.  As a proud lifetime member, Camille volunteers as the Robbie Page Memorial – Philanthropic Chair of the Twin Cities Alumni Chapter and nationally as an Alumni Content Marketer.  Camille was a member of the Class of 2017 Labyrinth Leadership Experience.

Camille Chasteen currently works at 3M, as a New Product Marketer in Oral Care and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. Click here to read her essay.

Michelle Dumele, Beta Epsilon & Fox Valley Alumnae Chapter

Michelle Dumele

Michelle graduated from Western Illinois University in 2014.  Since graduating, she serves as the Scholarship Advisor for Beta Epsilon and currently works at the American Brain Tumor Association where she manages a volunteer fundraising program and supports the Volunteer Network to provide further opportunities to make an impact in the brain tumor community.  She is a graduate student at Lewis University where she is working to obtain her

​​Master’s Degree in ​nonprofit ​​management. Michelle is engaged to her college sweetheart, Ben Dahlstrom, a member of the Alpha Tau Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity,  and a “dog mom” of a three year old Basset Hound named Charlie. She loves to run and completed her first half marathon this past September where she raised money for PAWS Chicago. Click here to read her essay.

Every winter, Character Counts! in Glenview sponsors a writing contest for students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8.

The chosen topic, which is typically announced in January along with the contest deadline and details, incorporates one or a choice of the six pillars of character:

Trustworthiness — integrity, honesty, promise-keeping, loyalty
Respect — courtesy, dignity, diversity, the Golden Rule
Responsibility — duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence
Fairness — openness, consistency, impartiality
Caring — kindness, compassion, empathy
Citizenship — lawfulness, common good

Entries must be 350 words or less. Students are asked to put their names, addresses, phone numbers, grades and schools in the upper right hand corner of each page.

Entries are judged by a panel of professional writers. Winners are typically announced in early April and recognized by the Glenview Village Board of Trustees at an April board meeting.

Each student who enters the contest receives a ribbon. Awards are provided the three top winners at each grade level.

Sponsors of the contest include: Northview Bank & Trust, Glenview Optimists, Image Specialties and American Chartered Bank.


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