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BICENTENNIAL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST

THE OXFORD PRESS & HAMILTON JOURNAL  DARRTOWN BICENTENNIAL

STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST

For Talawanda School District students; grades 4-8

Contest Purpose:

 

To encourage students to enrich their knowledge of Darrtown history, while applying their research and writing skills to a contest that offers cash prizes to the top three entries at both the elementary and middle school levels.

Contest Rules:

 

The rules, writing prompt, and rubric for scoring the Student Essay Contest appear immediately below.

Contest Winners:

 

The contest began October 1, 2012 and ended May 1, 2013. Click the following link to access a report of contest winners.

CONTESTANTS: 4th through 8th grade students who live in the Talawanda school district during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

TIME FRAME: The contest begins October 1, 2012 and ends May 1, 2013.

 

PRIZES: Two divisions; grades 4-5 and grades 6-8)

$100 - 1st place

$60 - 2nd place

$40 - 3rd place

OVERVIEW:

 

This essay contest is sponsored by the Darrtown Bicentennial Steering Committee, in an attempt to raise awareness of the 2014 Darrtown Bicentennial.

 

This contest is restricted to fourth through eighth grade students who live in the Talawanda school district during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

The contest begins October 1, 2012 and ends May 1, 2013.

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this contest is to encourage students to expand their knowledge of Darrtown history, while applying their research and writing skills in a contest that offers cash prizes to the top three entries at both the elementary and middle schools.

 

PRIZES:

 

Cash prizes will be granted in two divisions (grades 4-5 and grades 6-8):

 

First Place = $100

Second Place = $60

Third Place = $40

 

WRITING PROMPT:

 

“If you could go back in time and visit some part of Darrtown’s past, what event or time period would you choose and why would you choose it?”

 

Other points that you might wish to consider, as you compose your essay:

• What and/or who would you expect to see?

• What would you hope to learn and/or experience?

• What questions would you want to ask and/or research during your visit?

RULES / EXPECTATIONS:

 

To enter this contest a student must meet ALL the following criteria:

 

1.) Live in the Talawanda School District and be enrolled in grade 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8, during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

2.) Complete the Entry Form, as the Entry Form directions specify. (Click the following link to download a Word version of the Student Entry Form.)

 

3.) Compose an essay that:

 

3a) Responds to the writing prompt.

 

3b) Is written in the student’s own words and DOES NOT INCLUDE any information that might reveal the identity of the student.

 

3c) Includes a word count that falls within the range of words specified here: Grades 4-5 must write between 250-300 words and Grades 6-8 must write between 400-500 words.

 

3d) Uses a double-spaced format (one blank line between each typed or written line of text).

 

3e) Is legible (typed or handwritten). If typed, the font must be no smaller than 12-point. Handwritten entries may be either cursive or printed and must be written on lined paper, in ink.

 

4.) Staple a completed Entry Sheet to the front of the completed essay.

 

5.) Submit the completed essay and Entry Form to the student’s Language Arts teacher, by May 1, 2013. *

 

6.) Understand that the submitted essay will not be returned.

 

7.) Agree to have the essay published, if the essay is selected as a winning entry.

* Students who are home-schooled or attend private schools must meet all the "Rules and Expectations" listed above, except that they must MAIL their entries, by May 1, 2013, to:

Fred Lindley

816 Kelsey Court

Centerville, Ohio 45458

SCORING RUBRIC

 

Rubrics are commonly used by teachers as a means of communicating expectations for an assignment, providing focused feedback on works in progress, and grading final products.

 

The rubric that appears IN THE TABLE BELOW will be used by the judges to assess (score) the essays that are submitted.

 

Students are advised to use the following rubric as a guide for preparing and proofreading their essays.

JUDGING

 

 

Essays will be judged by a panel of qualified judges, who will not know the identity of the students, while judging the essays.

 

Essay contest officials will assign corresponding, identification numerals to each essay and entry form; the entry forms will be removed from the essays, before they are given to the judges.

 

Judges will use the rubric (shown above) to assess each entry.

RIGHT:

 

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Click the following link to see: NAMES AND PHOTOS OF STUDENT ESSAY WINNERS!

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