Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Sixth Grader Wins Earth Science Week 2020 Essay Contest


Clara Zabik, a current sixth-grade student at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, recently received notice that she has been identified as an Earth Science Week 2020 Essay Contest Winner.  She entered this contest, open to students enrolled in grades 6-9, as one of the options presented within her English Language Arts (ELA) class in fall 2020.  The essay topic was, “How We Process Earth Materials” and encouraged students to think about how we can develop practices and policies that allow us to derive practical value from raw materials while maintaining community values.  The essay was required to be no more than 300 words and all essays were judged by a panel of geoscientists on grammar, content, presentation, creativity and relevance to and incorporation of the topic. In her essay, Zabik identified composting as a positive way we can impact the Earth and thoughtfully suggested ideas for others to think about relative to accessing locally-grown food.  Her powerful and well-crafted essay challenged the reader to internalize her ideas and think about, “How will you use earth’s gifts?”

Zabik’s essay can currently be found on the Earth Science Week website, under the “Essay” section.   “Congratulations to Clara for her willingness to pursue new challenges and for her outstanding achievement.  The entire CFIS community is proud of her work!” said Principal Curtis Howell, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School.  Clara has already expressed her gratitude to sixth-grade ELA teacher, Katherine Owen, for her support of Clara in these endeavors