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Essay Contest


Spring 2023 Contest: Why Wisconsin

From numerous lakes and rivers to hiking trails, winter and water sports, and the always amazing Friday Night Fish Fry, Wisconsin has a lot going for it. Each of us has a unique reason for why we love living in Wisconsin. That’s where you come in! We are excited to learn about the reasons you love living in our awesome state.

Behind every great state are companies helping support local activities, individual livelihoods and strong communities through external efforts and strong internal workplace cultures. Your essay must include information about at least one business that contributes to why you love living in Wisconsin. 

The Spring 2023 Wisconsin Business World ‘Business is a Force for Good’ essay submissions closed June 2 at 11:59pm. 

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Special thanks to our 2023 WMC Foundation Sponsors for their commitment to our events and programs throughout the year!

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Who Can Enter

Students in grades 6-12. This is an individual competition.

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Essay Requirements

Please write an essay of no longer than 1,000 words that highlights why you love living in Wisconsin. In your essay, creatively describe what you love about living in our wonderful state. Additionally, your essay must include at least one example of a business in Wisconsin contributing to or making one of your favorite things happen. For example, do they throw or sponsor a festival you love, do they serve amazing food, has the company built a community park or other venue that you enjoy or any other connection you can make between business in Wisconsin and why it is such a great place to live.

Be specific, be creative, and cite your sources if applicable. (APA or MLA Formats are acceptable). You may also submit pictures to complete your submission.

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Cash Prizes

Three cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to the top three essays.

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Contest Judging

Entries will be judged on creativity and originality, with special attention to critical thinking that highlights the research and evidence to support the topic.

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12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced.

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Entry Deadline and Questions

Entries must be submitted in the links above by 11:59PM on June 2. All essays will be read and judged by WMC Foundation staff and prize winners will be announced. Questions should be directed to Michelle Grajkowski, Senior Director, Wisconsin Business World at (608) 661-6904, or at

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Students are invited to create a new product idea for the Kwik Trip Convenience Stores and creatively present the idea in a format of their choice: video essay, video commercial, written essay, recorded sales pitch, or other presentation style.