Topic: "How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value?"
Who: Youth under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent.
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!
The guidelines require that contestants be under age 19 have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Academy Optimist Club of Colorado Springs winner earns $75 check, 2d place $50, 3d $25. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.
Here is the application to download, fill out, and return with student's essay:
The application includes the rules. We will fill in our data- club name & numbers... I've seen great essays lose points for not following the rules.
I get essays through the mail, email, pick-up, and delivery. Last day for turn-in is 30 January 2013, but earlier works well too!
Please know a problem with me downloading someone's essay is my wordprocessing software may print the essay in a different format than the original.
When I have all the essays, I number the cover sheet and the essay. The judges will only get the essay, not the cover sheet. After the judges judge, we'll tally the points given and taken away for each numbered essay. Only after we have our top 3 winners do we re-connect the cover sheet with the essay.
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