2020 Essay Winners
Kindergarten – Emily L, Columbia Explorers
2nd Grade – Emilia D, Arbury Hills School
3rd Grade – Lanie M, St. Mary’s Pontiac
4th Grade – Dominic V, Bridgeport Catholic Academy
6th Grade – Rogelio R, Columbia Explorers
7th Grade – Maria G, Rachel Carson
7th Grade – Taiwo S, Colin Powell Middle School
8th Grade – Herlinda D, Columbia Explorers
9th Grade – Jack T, De La Salle
10th Grade – Dempsey Y, Mundelein HS
10th Grade – Talia B, De La Salle
11th Grade – Ahriel P, De La Salle
2020 Father Honorees
Maurice Baker, Father of the Year
Luis Daza, Father Figure of the Year
Craig Dedic, Father of the Year
Jorge Cruz, Father Figure of the Year
Carlos Horta, Grandfather of the Year
Ryan McGuckin, Father of the Year
Ronald Pringle, Father of the Year
Rogelio Rivera, Sr., Father of the Year
Sotayo Sowemimo, Father of the Year
Dan Tepper, Father of the Year
James Vittori, Father of the Year
Chuck Cranford, Father Figure of the Year
The Essay Contest
In 23 years, our flagship program has collected nearly
half-a-million essays from Illinois schoolkids!
Congratulations to all 2700 Essayists!!!
Our 300+ Volunteers read every single essay at least twice and have made selections.
Your Dad's Story!
130 Semi-finalists plus their Dads will be treated to a Chicago Fire Football Club Clinic… fingers crossed!
12 Finalists will attend our Annual Fatherhood Dinner Celebration!
Calling All School-Aged Illinoisans!
To participate, IL school kids write on the topic
‘What My Father Means to Me’ to honor the special men in their lives.
Submit an Essay!
The next contest starts in January 2021.