2018 Student Projects Winners

Congratulations to this year's winners!


Chiara    Bisignani
Winner -Adult (30pts)
Alioune    Sylla
Honorable Mention-Adult (28 pts)
Paw Eh Kaw    Mu
Winner-4-5 (20 pts)
Shabana    Fnu
Winner-9-12 (26pts)
Olisdey    Galano-Cruz
Honorable Mention-9-12 (22pts)

Prompt: “a cultural experience that influenced my life”

Instructions for the student:  Upper elementary to Adult

Think about who you are becoming as a person and the cultures that are part of you.  Write about a cultural experience that has influenced your life.

to Influence: to affect, shape, or change.

Below is a quote.  It may help you think about your own experience.  

From Nelson Mandela, Activist and Statesman from the country of South Africa: 


Thank you!


Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the 13th Annual NYS TESOL Student Contest! We received a wonderful collection of essays and digital stories from students across the state! Your dedication to your students is evident to us and we applaud the efforts of your students. You are all winners to us!

Winners were honored at our 48th NYS TESOL Annual Conference in Albany, New York. For more information about NYS TESOL, please visit our homepage






Winners from Past Years

12th Annual, 2017

Theme: Advocacy Advocacy (noun) – public support for a course of action or way of doing things 

Advocate (verb) – to express support for a particular idea or way of doing things

11th Annual, 2016

Theme:“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much”

-Helen Keller (1880-1968)

10th Annual, 2015
Theme: "Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn't help us know what to say."
--Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (1948-)

9th Annual, 2014
Theme: "A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special." --Nelson Mandela

8th Annual, 2013
Theme: "Be the change you want to see in the world" -Gandhi

7th Annual, 2012
Theme: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt

6th Annual, 2011
Theme: How has your community helped you learn English?

5th Annual, 2010
Theme: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

4th Annual, 2009
Theme: What aspects of American culture do you find to be different from your culture?

3rd Annual, 2008
Theme: What aspects of American culture do you find to be different from your culture?

2nd Annual, 2007
Theme: My Growth as an English Language Learner

1st Annual, 2006
Theme: A famous Chinese Proverb states, “A teacher can open the door, but the student must enter on their own.” How does this quotation illustrate your experience learning English?