Essay contest

Beginning in 2014, the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club will each year offer a cash prize of $150.00 to the winner of the Colantonio Essay Contest and a prize of $50.00 to the Runner Up. This contest is named in honor of long-time Board Member and Past President Victor Colantonio of Newton, MA.

In 2013, Victor was declared the winner of an on-line essay contest focused on the events of September 11, 2001. His harrowing description of the time he spent in New York City on that terrible day captivated the judges and earned him top honors. Rather than keep the prize for himself, he decided to donate the money to be used to help inspire young people to keep writing and to hone in on their craft.

We invite members and non-members to participate in this exciting contest which promotes imagination and creativity through writing.

2015 Theme: Dreams

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”    Harriet Tubman

What are your dreams for the future? Where do you want to go? What would you like to see and do? How will you impact your future and the community around you? Dreams can be big or small, but either way they allow for each of us to look to the future and allow each of us to make and one day accomplish goals for ourselves.

Write an essay about your dreams for the future, how you plan on making those dreams a reality, and who you might meet, see or take with you along the way…the sky is the limit, so aim high!

Eligibility: This contest is open to Newton students ages 10-14
Deadline for the Submission: April 17, 2015
Rules: Essay must be between 250-350 words in length.

Essay must be submitted along with and application form signed by a parent or guardian
Essay will be judged on creativity, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Judges will include a panel of Boys and Girls Club Board members, staff, and volunteers. Winners must attend the Boys and Girls Club Awards Night on June 2, 2015.

Contact Tamara Brogan, Education Coordinator, should you have additional questions at or (617) 630- 2066 Ext. 122

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