IVROP announces its Earth Day essay contest

March 19, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program has announced its Earth Day 2002 essay contest, "Recycling — It's Good For All of Us."

Any seventh- or eighth-grade student may write a 300- to 500-word, five-paragraph essay expressing "your views on recycling and its effects on all the earth's inhabitants."

Essays must be word-processed or written in blue or black ink in English on an 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of paper. No name is to be on any page except the entry form that must be stapled with each essay. (The entry form includes the student's name, school, grade, teacher and school phone.) There is a 1-inch margin minimum on all sides.

Organization of the essay must be logical, including the following considerations:

· Introduction (optional)

· Thesis paragraph — several sentences

· Development — several paragraphs that discuss the theme/prompt, analyze the theme, present informal research about the theme, etc.

· Conclusion — at least one paragraph in which the author summarizes the ideas presented in the essay


Judging criteria will include content, organization, focus on the theme, originality and adherence to English language conventions.

First-place prize is $100, second place is $50 and third place is $25. Winning essays will be displayed and read during the Earth Day celebration on April 20 at the Imperial Valley Expo. The winning essay will be published in the Imperial Valley Press. Deadline to submit essays is March 28.

>> For more information contact Stephanie Collins at the IVROP outdoor school at 312-6470.

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