Essay writing contest slated |

Essay writing contest slated

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Northern Mines Business and Professional Women and Grass Valley Elks are co-sponsoring the annual Real Women essay competition. All western Nevada County high school seniors are invited to participate by submitting an essay about a specific woman who is living today in our local area.

Awards are: First place, $500; Second place, $200; Third place, $100.

A special awards ceremony will be held on March 31, 2003 at the Grass Valley Elks Hall in Grass Valley. The three winners will be asked to read their essays to the audience. They and their parents, along with the subject of their essay, will be guests of the Northern Mines BPW and Grass Valley Elks.

All entries must be received no later than Feb. 10, 2003. Entries are to be sent to Dolores Eldridge, 111 Bawden Avenue, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

The Union newspaper will publish the winning essays.

Judging criteria:

Winning essays will be those that are interesting to read, and relate the reasons a particular woman’s accomplishments are worth remembering. Thirty points are possible.

The essay should include qualities demonstrated by the woman and how they relate to you and the community. Thirty points possible.

Use descriptive language and concrete examples. Twenty points possible.

Each essay must be typed, double spaced, with correct punctuation, spelling and grammar. Twenty points possible.

Additional Rules:

1. Competition is limited to public high school seniors in western Nevada County.

2. The essay’s subject must be a local woman living today.

3. The essay should be at least 300 but no more than 500 words.

4. The essay must be accompanied by a title page with the author’s name, address, telephone number and social security number, as well as the name and address of the woman being written about.

5. Submit one original and four copies no later than February 10, 2003.

For additional information call Dee Eldridge, Chair, 273-0257.

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