McDonald’s seeks personal stories that celebrate the contributions of Asian Pacific American families in New York tri-state area

McDonald’s is proud to present My Inspirational Story, an essay-writing contest which celebrates the contributions of Asian Pacific American families in the New York tri-state area.

Now in its second year, the contest provides a unique forum to recognize the unsung heroes of today’s Asian-American youth and educate the larger community about the Asian-American experience.

McDonald’s invites children, ages eight to 11, to share their personal stories of how their families have inspired them to overcome adversity and pursue their dreams.

Ten stories will be selected and receive savings bond awards ranging from $100 to $500.

To download the application form and official rules, please visit and click the “Community” tab.

The deadline for entries is Dec. 2, 2011.  


Ten prizes will be awarded to the best 10 essays.

The award levels are as follows: 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $350; 3rd place - $200.

Seven runner-ups will each receive $100.

Eligibility & judging criteria

Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, be age eight to 11, and reside in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

Each applicant may only submit one English-language essay for this contest.

The essays will be judged on the basis of content/development (originality, narrative, organization) and language and mechanics (sentence structure, word choice, grammar).

A panel of judges comprised of professional writers and journalists will evaluate the essays and select the winners.

“Last year’s My Inspirational Story contest received tremendous feedback from parents, teachers and community leaders,” said Michael Anderer, a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in the New York Metro Region.

“McDonald’s is proud to continue this wonderful program that celebrates the importance of family and positive role models in our community.”

About My Inspirational Story

The My Inspirational Story Essay-Writing Contest was launched in 2010 with the mission to recognize the contributions of Asian Pacific American families in the New York tri-state area.

Last year’s first place winner was Ashley Koo, an 11-year-old Korean-American student from Great Neck South Elementary School, who received a $500 savings bond for her essay which detailed the great sacrifices her grandmother made for their family.

Winners were honored at a special awards ceremony held at PS 124 The Yung Wing School in New York City’s Chinatown, which was attended by three of the 10 winners.

About McDonald’s New York Metro Region

McDonald’s is the world’s best-known brand and is the global leader in food service.

There are more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants, owned by 100 franchisees, located throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area.

Visit or follow on Twitter @McDNYTriState for more information about other McDonald’s area programs.

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