Dade Days Essay Contest

Chamber South Announces the winners of the 2013 Dade Days Essay Contest

The Chamber South Education & Business Coalition proudly announces the winners of the 16th Annual Legislative Essay Contest. This year’s winners are Gonzalo Crivelli of the School for Advanced Studies at Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus) and Kathryn Lopez of Miami Killian Senior High School. They will receive a VIP trip to Tallahassee to experience the state of Florida’s legislative process first hand. The Education & Business Coalition sponsors this contest each year in an effort to help develop writing skills and instill in our future leaders an understanding of how individuals can make a difference.

On April 3rd & 4th, the two winning students from the School for Advanced Studies at Miami Dade College and Miami Killian Senior High and their parent chaperones will be attending a VIP trip to Tallahassee.  They will attend meetings with local legislators during Dade Days, tour the Old and New Capitol and the Supreme Court, and network with local officials and business professionals. For more than a decade, the essay contest winners and their parents have described the trip as a once in a lifetime experience that provides an eye-witness view of our state government.

The two winners wrote a 500 word essay that answered one of two questions: 1.) Should elected officials be held to a higher moral standard than you and I; 2.) There appears to be apathy among youth today as to political involvement. If given the opportunity, what would you do to change it? You can read the two winning essays on Chamber South’s website. This year’s contest was sponsored by Chamber South, with support from Florida Senator Anitere Flores, and an MDRT Foundation grant courtesy of Donald Marx, who has graciously contributed through the years to Chamber South and the Education & Business Coalition.  For more information, please call the Chamber South Offices at 305-661-1621.

Click here to read Gonzalo Crivelli’s winning essay, or here to read the winning essay by Kathryn Lopez.


About Donald Marx
Don Marx has been a member of Chamber South since the mid 1970’s.  During that time, he was a member of the merger committee when greater south Dade and the South Miami Kendall Chambers merged.  He has served on the board multiple times, including being the Chair of the Chamber in 1996.  Don has also served on the search committee to find several Executives. During his years of service, Don has made many wonderful contributions to Chamber South, such as serving as chair of the Small Business Committee and creating the Russell Norton Award.  As Chair of the Education & Business Coalition, he brought the KAPOW program to the Chamber and started the Legislative Essay Contest.  Don also founded the Not for Profit Committee where he is currently serving as Co-Chair, and created the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

Dade Days

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Essay Photos

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