Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Middle School Career Exploration Essay Contest.
Sponsored by the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. and the Youth Council, the contest is based on the Dr. Seuss book that describes some of the amazing (and sometimes not so amazing) things that will be a part of their futures.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! was published in 1990 and was Dr. Seuss’s final published work before his death in 1991. The story follows the main character through basic stages of life, using creations like “the waiting place” and scary dark paths as the challenges and difficulties everyone must face. Dr. Seuss focuses, however, on the potential of the boy to transcend and overcome the many struggles of life and to achieve great things. Like his other works, this story uses his distinctive rhythmic and rhyming style and is filled with creative and imaginative scenes and characters. What makes this short story unique is his use of 2nd person writing, and his reference to the main character simply as “you”.
This program stresses to these young adults that when they grow up they will become more independent. With this independence they are sometimes alone in their decisions. Adults regularly decide what path to take and how to deal with downturns. Sometimes there will be things that are out of their hands like the “waiting place” and the “bang-ups” and “hang-ups.” While family and friends can and do help, it is their responsibility to get themselves out of hard times and create a future with exciting options and choices.
The winners for Collier and Lee Counties are listed below. Just click on a name to view their essay.
- Bryana – Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts
- Cristina – North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
- Eaton – East Naples Middle School
- Kayla – Cypress Palm Middle School
- Lizanna – East Naples Middle School
- ShiRae – Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School