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HRCR Essay Contest 2015

First prize: $250 Second Prize: $100 Third Prize: $50

The theme is: What issue in today’s world is most important to you?

You may address the question from any point of view, provided you discuss the question of an issue that you care about. If you choose, you may write about why the issue is important in your life or the life of someone you know. You may discuss why it is a critical one for today’s society. You may present suggestions for action, as relevant. You may treat various points of view about the issue or present your own. You may expand the scope of the essay to include your thoughts on why a particular issue has global significance or write about its importance for the United States.

Please note that the suggestions above are not intended to be restrictive or comprehensive guidelines for your essay. You may take a different approach to the essay and you do not need to cover all the suggestions given above.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rochester invites all area students in grades 10-12 to demonstrate their writing skill and creative ideas in this essay contest. You can take any position, argue any point, and espouse any cause in relation to this theme…so long as the work is your own and no one else’s. We are looking for students with fresh perspectives, well-reasoned arguments, and excellent verbal skills. If you have a passion for ideas and a knack for writing, this is your chance to shine. All you need to do is follow the attached rules and your entry could be a winner.

Contest information will also be available online at http://clubs.harvard.edu/university/hrcrochester

Deadline for entries: MARCH 31, 2015

Official Rules

1. Any student currently attending school in the Greater Rochester Area in Grades 10, 11 or 12 may enter by completing the entry form and submitting a qualifying essay. Children of members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rochester (“HRCR”) are not eligible to enter. No purchase, entry fee or other payment is required. Information provided on the entry form will be used solely for purposes of this Contest.

2. Entries must be mailed with correct postage and postmarked no later than March 31, 2015, to:

Mrs. Jane Shuffelton, HRCR Essay Contest Coordinator

51 Fair Oaks Avenue

Rochester, NY 14618

You may also submit your entry by email on or before such date to JShuffelton@post.harvard.edu [Please be accurate with spelling JShuffelton!]

We recommend you keep a copy of your essay for reference. We cannot assume responsibility for delayed, misdirected or lost mail or email, or for entries damaged or destroyed in transmission. We will acknowledge your submission.

3. Entries shall be no more than 1000 words long and shall be typed or printed on 81/2” x 11” paper. ESSAY MUST CONSIST SOLELY OF THE ENTRANT’S ORIGINAL WORK AND MUST NOT BE ENTERED IN ANY OTHER CONTEST. Though an essay may contain ideas or facts derived from research, the expression of these must be exclusively in the entrant’s own words. No editing, correction or other assistance by anyone else, nor borrowing of another’s language without attribution, is permitted. Any entrant who is discovered to have received such assistance in preparing an entry will be disqualified. (If discovery occurs after a prize has been awarded, the prize will be forfeited and repaid to HRCR.)

The essay topic is: What issue in today’s world is most important to you?

4. Winners shall be selected according to the following criteria: (a) originality of ideas, (b) persuasiveness of arguments, (c) relevance to the theme, (d) effectiveness of expression, (e) and conciseness. The panel of judges shall consist of members of HRCR and other qualified persons selected by HRCR, whose decisions in all matters shall be final and binding on all parties.

5. The Prizes are: one First Prize of $250,

one Second Prize of $100 and

one Third Prize of $50.

HRCR reserves the right to withhold awarding any or all of the prizes if the

judges decide the entries are of insufficient merit.


6. All entries become the property of HRCR and may be retained or disposed of in its sole discretion, but copyright in each entry will remain with the entrant. Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners or their guardians.

7. Sponsor: Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rochester, Inc.

Jane Shuffelton, Contest Coordinator

51 Fair Oaks Avenue

Rochester, NY 14618


Entry Form

Name: ______________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________


E-mail address: _______________________________________

Telephone: ____________________________

School: _________________________________________ Grade: _______

I confirm that I have read the Official Rules of the Contest, that I understand and agree to comply with them, and that I accept the decisions of the judges and the Club as final in all respects. I certify that the essay I have submitted is solely my original work and has not been edited, corrected or assisted by any another person.

Signed:_______________________________________ Date: __________________

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To assure the impartial judging of your entry, your essay will be identified with a random number. Do not staple or affix this form, or place your name on any page of the essay.

Deadline for entries: MARCH 31, 2015

Send this form by email to JShuffelton@post.harvard.edu

Or by mail to:

Jane Shuffelton, Contest Coordinator

51 Fair Oaks Ave.

Rochester, NY 14618

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