The Gertsburg Law Firm and the
Chagrin Valley Chamber of
Commerce are proud to announce
the 2nd annual “We Solve Problems
Essay Contest.”  Students at Chagrin
Falls High School, Kenston High School,
Orange High School, and Newbury
High School, will have 600 words
(one single-spaced page) to solve the
 deadly problem of texting and driving.


March 15th, 2017

Round One of Judging is now completed and tallied, and we are excited to announce that the original 865 entries have been narrowed down to 295 entries, which have been selected to move on to the second round of judging. Congratulations to those students who are moving to Round Two! These essays were judged by two or more community leaders and business owners according to their level of problem solving, focus, evidence, organization, and style, and selected as potential finalists. Good luck in the next round!


There's still time to join the team as a judge or sponsor in this year's contest! Click the Judge or Sponsor tabs above for more information. Be part of the solution and support the community leaders of tomorrow!

History of the Contest

“We Solve Problems” is the motto and driving force behind Alex Gertsburg’s business law firm. “Every day we work to solve our clients’ problems,” says Alex, head of the Gertsburg Law Firm. “As a firm, as a team, that is what drives us.”  In 2015, Alex wondered what it would be like if a mass of people worked together to solve one problem. Chances are – a workable solution will arise.


An engaged member of Northeast Ohio’s business community, Alex teamed up with the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce to launch an annual “We Solve Problems Essay Contest” for area high school students. The inaugural contest included 734 participating students from Chagrin Falls and Kenston High Schools who addressed the issue of cyberbullying.  Essays were judged by nearly 200 business and government leaders, with Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of, and Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers, serving as final judges.  A total of $10,000 in prize money – donated by the Gertsburg Law Firm and business sponsors - was distributed among 16 finalists and the two schools.


All essays must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 21, 2017.

Alex Gertsburg, Gertsburg Law Firm and
Molly Gebler, Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce

Inaugural “We Solve Problems: Essay Contest finalists, March 30, 2016

Alex Gertsburg addresses finalists March 30, 2016

Jeff Hoffman talking with Morgan Walker
winner of the inaugural “We Solve Problems”
Essay Contest, March 30, 2016

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