“The Magic of Mentors”
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Open to any youth who is a youth or regular member of ADGA or who is part of a family membership. Youth do not need to be in attendance at the annual meeting in Atlanta, GA to enter or to win.
WHAT ARE THE AGE DIVISIONS?
a. Ages 9-11
b. Ages 12-14
c. Ages 15-18
d. Ages 19-21
ESSAY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
1. The essay must have been written by the youth member between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.
2. The essay must be between 500 – 750 words.
3. The essay must be double spaced, typed with the pages numbered, and single-sided.
4. The essay must include these five parts:
a. Purpose or Main idea
d. Body of information
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY
1. Include a cover page that includes your name, age as of September 1, 2017, and contact information.
2. Email your entry to email@example.com. Essays must be received no later than 12:01 AM September 1, 2017 EDT.
ESSAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Winning entries will be awarded at the Annual Convention youth meeting in October.
2. First place in each age division will receive a cash award of $65; second place in each age division will receive a cash award of $35.
3. Winning entries may appear in ADGA publications or publications of associated organizations.
HOW ESSAYS WILL BE EVALUATED
1. The same scoring rubric will be used for all ages.
2. Evaluation will take into account the development stage of the youth as follows:
a. Ages 9-11
• Beginning to think logically and symbolically.
• Vocabulary is greater than experience
• Can read words they don’t understand
• Still think concretely, however, can handle ideas if they are related to things they can do or experience with their senses
• There is no middle ground; things are either right or wrong, fun or boring
• Very curious and ask many questions
• Want to make choices but are confused by too many options
b. Ages 12-14
• Moving from concrete to more abstract thinking
• Enjoy finding solutions on their own
• Depth and scope of intellectual interests are increasing; they want to try new things
• Enjoy playing with ideas; learning to think for themselves.
• Getting better at making choices, but still need guidance.
• Are better at planning than executing.
c. Ages 15-18
• Have increasing ability to see how things relate and to use this in problem solving; are mastering abstract thinking.
• Have the ability to make and execute short term plans; able to initiate and carry out tasks without supervision.
• Are becoming better judges of their abilities.
• Goals are based upon personal needs and priorities.
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING YOUR ESSAY
(For each criterion a score of 1 to 5 will be given with 5 being the best score.)
1. Understanding the Topic: To what extent did the writer demonstrate a clear understanding of the question and respond with details about his/her experience?
2. Original Thinking Relative to the Topic: To what extent was the original thinking relative to the subject?
3. Effectiveness in Presenting a Point-of- View: To what extent did the writer present his/her point-of-view?
4. Literary style, grammar, and spelling.
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Scholarship Essay Details and Frequently Asked Questions
When is the deadline for scholarship essay submission?
- All scholarship essays must be sent by March 18, 2018
- No entries will be accepted after this date.
Where or how can I submit my completed scholarship essay?
- All scholarship essay submissions must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Microsoft Word attachment. Any essay sent in the body of the email will automatically be disqualified.
- Submit the following information at the top of your essay: your full name and your email address. Scholarship essays that do not have this information at the top will not be accepted.
Is there a word limit for the scholarship essay?
Essays should be between 500 – 700 words in length.
Who are the reviewers for the scholarship essay contest?
An experienced group of English teachers and editors will review and judge the essay submissions. Prior to submission for review, your name will be redacted to allow them to review the scholarship essay anonymously, thus ensuring an impartial and just review for all entries.
How many winners will be chosen for the scholarship essay writing contest and what are the prizes for each winner?
The judges will score and rank the top three winners, who will then be awarded as follows:
- First prize – $700 scholarship
- Second prize – $500 scholarship
- Third prize – $300 scholarship
How and when will the winners of the scholarship essay contest be announced?
- ConfidentWriters Scholarship Contest representative will notify the top three winners via email by March 27, 2018.
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ConfidentWriters Scholarship Essay Contest Guidelines
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Name: John Doe
Email address: email@example.com
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Explain how social media is used for education, the positive and negative impact it has and how you believe the negative aspect(s) can be either solved or minimized.
TOPIC 4: Advantages and disadvantages of online learning
Explain what online learning is, the ways in which it can be done and the advantages and disadvantages.
TOPIC 5: How and why teachers should motivate students
Explain why teachers need to motivate students, strategies they can use to motivate them and the possible impact or end result of their motivation.
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