“The competition honors all mothers and helps students build confidence in their writing abilities,” said St. Francis of Assisi Language Arts Teacher, M’Liss Painter. “Having something so personal to write about can be motivating and rewarding,” she continued. “Our students put their hearts into their writing.”
The contest was founded in 1993 in honor of Watson’s birthmother and adoptive mother. When the campaign began, just 200 letters were submitted. This year there were over 22,000 entrants. Two grand prize winners received an unmounted, quarter cut diamond. The top 5%, which included many St. Francis students, were selected as 1st place winners and received an amethyst gemstone to give to their mom. 2nd place winners received an African garnet.