Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest & Award Ceremony
Coral Springs Funeral Home will announce the winners of their annual Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest during a special awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in the funeral home. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.
Three winners will share cash prizes totaling $1,000! Winning essays will be featured on Coral Springs Funeral Home's website, social media pages, and other related print and electronic media.
This essay contest was open to all Broward County area high school students and submissions were accepted at the funeral home during the month of April 2017. All entries had to be presented in a personal essay format, with 500 to 525 words on the true meaning of Memorial Day.
1. Eligibility: Entrants must be high school students enrolled in the Broward County, FL area School District. Entries from private, charter and home schools will also be accepted.
2. Format: Entries must be presented in the format of a Personal Essay, between 500-525 words, using a double-spaced 12-point font and must include a bibliography (not included in the word count).
3. Topic: “The True Meaning of Memorial Day”. Students are encouraged to discuss the essay theme with teachers, parents and friends. The essay should be positive and clearly focused on the theme. Teachers and parents may check essays, but the content of the essay must be that of the student.
4. Research: Research is essential in creating a quality essay. Please cite library resources, Web URLs with access dates, and personal interviews.
5. Bibliography: The bibliography must cite at least two references. Entries that do not include a bibliography will be disqualified.
6. Essay Entries: Must be submitted and received between April 1 and April 30, 2017. Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned, and they become the property of Coral Springs Funeral Home. Essays should be mailed to: Coral Springs Funeral Home, Attn: Josiah LeBlanc 1420 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071. Entries cannot be accepted through email. Entries must be accompanied by a 3x5 index card, attached but not stapled to essay containing the following information: contestant’s name, mailing address, phone number, name of school, grade level (ex: 8th grade; 10th grade), student ID number, and name of parent/guardian who will accompany contestant at the related Essay Contest Awards Ceremony taking place at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
7. Evaluation Process: Winning essays will be selected on the following basis:
>25 points—Originality and creativity
>25 points—Compliance with the assigned topic
>20 points—Factual accuracy
>15 points—Grammar and organization of content
>15 points—Scope of research
8. Awards: $500 will be awarded to one high school first place winner; $300 will be awarded to one high school first place runner-up and $200 will be awarded to one high school second place runner-up. Each winner and his/her parent/guardian must be present to receive their prize.