Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Essay Contest

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to pass along information regarding an essay contest that 4-H’ers from across the state might be interested in entering. The contest is a wonderful opportunity for 4-H youth to highlight their incredible communication/writing skills and their understanding of civic issues. For over 25 years the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Iowa Department of Education, and the State Historical Society of Iowa have co-sponsored this statewide essay contest for 6-9 grade students.

Essay Focus:
Students are encouraged to choose a woman, preferably from Iowa, from any historical period, past or present, and write about the accomplishments of her life and how she has made a difference to the student and to society in the social justice and civil rights arena. Although Iowa women are preferred and encouraged, the subject of the essay may be a woman from another state or another country.

Essays and entrance forms must be e-mailed to women@iowa.gov no later than Friday, January 29th, 2010.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winner in each of the 6-7th grade and 8-9th grade divisions (first place - $100, second place - $75, and third place - $50). Special awards are given to the best essays on women in science and engineering. All winners will be honored in a ceremony at the State Capitol and introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

For more information, please link to http://www.women.iowa.gov/about_women/womens_history/essay_contest.html

All the best!
Keli Tallman
4-H Youth Development Program Specialist
Iowa 4-H Youth Development
Extension 4-H Youth Building, ISU
Ames, Iowa 50011-3630
ph: (515) 294-0688

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