2012 Essay Contest WinnersTo celebrate the important role grandparents play in the lives of grandchildren and their families, AARP North Dakota is once again sponsoring a “Why I Love My Grandparents” essay contest.

Last year more than 500 students entered the free contest open to any North Dakota student age 6-18 in public or private schools, elementary to high school.

The top entry in each of three age divisions will receive a $250 prize. Winners will be announced on or near Grandparent’s Day on September 7.

Essays can be written about a grandparent or grandparents, living or deceased. Essays must be written in English and be typed or legibly handwritten. Essays should not exceed 300 words for elementary students (ages 6-10); 500 words for middle school students (ages 11-14); 750 words for high school students (ages 15-18).

Essays will be judged primarily on content and creativity, but also on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and penmanship.

This year’s entry deadline is July 11. Entrants must include their name, date of birth, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number with their entry. Mail entries to AARP North Dakota, Attn: Grandparents Day Essay Contest, 107 W. Main Ave., Suite 125, Bismarck, ND 58501; or email entry to lhalvorson@aarp.org.

Complete ‘Why I Love My Grandparents’ essay contest rules

Submission deadline is July 11, 2014.

Essays must comply with the following contest rules:

  • Only one (1) essay may be submitted by each contestant and must reflect contestant’s own writing and original thinking.
  • Essay can be written about a grandparent or grandparents, living or deceased.
  • Essays must be written in English and be typed or legibly handwritten.
  • Word count up to 300 words for elementary students (ages 6-10); 500 words for middle school students (ages 11-14); 750 words for high school students (ages 15-18).

 

Send essay to:
AARP North Dakota, Attn: Grandparents Day Essay Contest, 107 W. Main Ave., Suite 125, Bismarck, ND 58501. Fax to 701-255-2242. Email to lhalvorson@aarp.org.

You must include your name, date of birth, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number with your entry.

AARP has the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to the writers.

Eligibility Requirements:
All students (in public, private and home schools) enrolled in grades 1-12 residing in the state of North Dakota are eligible for the essay contest. There is no cost to enter the contest. Students who have family members employed by or serving as Executive Council members of AARP North Dakota or serving as contest judges are not eligible to participate.

Judging:
Judging will be completed by a panel of qualified judges. Scoring criteria will be identical for all divisions (Elementary, Middle, and High School). Essays will be judged using these criteria:

  • Level of impact, influence, and significance: 40 points
  • Creativity (Phrasing and style): 30 points
  • Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling: 20 points
  • Neatness/Penmanship: 10 points

 

Awards:
The top entry in each division will receive a $250 prize. The winning essays will also be featured on the AARP North Dakota website. Winners will be announced on or near September 7, 2014.

Winners are solely responsible for paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes as well as any other costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and use of any prize not specified herein as being awarded.

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