ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST FOR LOCAL HISTORY

To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.

- Daisaku Ikeda

2020 INAUGURAL EDITION

OVERVIEW

Historic Boulder’s First Annual High School Essay Contest is intended to showcase the writing, creative and research skills of students in the Boulder Valley Schools using essay themes drawn from Boulder history. Students are encouraged to discover how exploring Boulder’s past can deepen one’s understanding of the present and help us better plan for the future. 

THE 2020 CONTEST THEME IS:

Identify and profile a person or institution from Boulder's past whose actions have benefited the current lives of our under-represented communities. Explain and document your argument. 

PARAMETERS, RULES AND TIMELINE

The contest is open to all high school students in the Boulder Valley School District. Essays are to reflect individual work and are not intended to be collaborative/multi-student projects. A Boulder Valley teacher should serve as a sponsor – providing support to participating students. Sponsors should provide their name and school affiliation with each submittal. An official invitation to participate will be extended to District teachers by Friday, August 28th so that they can share contest information with their students early in the school year. The submission deadline for completed essays midnight, Friday, November 20th. Essays will be scored by January 29th and winners notified in early February. An Awards Ceremony will be scheduled for late February. All submissions should be uploaded here, using the link below.

FORMATTING, LENGTH AND SUBMITTAL

Essays should have a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 1,500 words, double-spaced, with 1” margins, using 12-point font type. References and citations are required. Supporting illustrations or photographs are allowed, but not required. All essays should be proof-read by the teacher-sponsor in advance of submittal and uploaded by the student by the deadline of: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th. 

JUDGING

Scoring will be based on five areas (each area eligible for a maximum of five points for a possible total of 25 points): relevance to theme, organization, originality, use of critical thinking, and overall effectiveness. A panel of five judges, consisting of two members from the board of Historic Boulder, one at-large member from the community, one member from the BVSD staff and/or administration, and one member from the staff of the Boulder Public Library, will score the submissions.

AWARDS

Awards will be presented to the top three winners. Cash prizes of $500/$250/$100 and Certificates of Merit will be presented to each winner at a formal ceremony hosted by Historic Boulder.  The winning essays will also be published in Historic Boulder’s monthly online newsletter, “Historic Happenings” and linked to the Historic Boulder website.

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