For the sixth year Democrats of El Dorado County will sponsor an essay contest for junior and senior high school students in El Dorado County public high schools.
First place prize is $1,000, second place $500 and third place $250.
Last year 80 students participated in the contest. Kayla Carlisle, an 11th-grade student from Golden Sierra High School, won first place prize of $1,000 last year, and her school was awarded a Perpetual Trophy for her achievement. Last year’s question for the students was, “Discuss the positive and/or negative influences electronic media might have on providing citizens with reliable information about important issues.”
This year’s question for the students is, “Discuss the importance of civility in today’s world.”
“Our goals are to develop a contest that reflects Democratic values of community involvement and inclusiveness and to promote the participation and critical thinking of students about important issues,” said Fred Winn, essay contest chair.
Essays will be judged on originality, persuasiveness, clarity, proper grammar and citations of source of material. Essays will be judged by a panel of three, and no member of an El Dorado County Democratic Club may be a judge. Essays must be received by no later than Jan. 14, 2011.
For entry form and submission requirements visit eldoradodemocrats.org.