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The Fourth Annual HSLDA Essay Contest is now up and running. Students have until May 31, 2005 to craft a winning entry, and we are looking forward to reading creative entries on the following topics:

Topics:

Category 1: Homeschoolers who are at least 12 but will not be 16 as of June 1, 2005.

"What is something positive that you have learned by watching your parents or guardian?"

Category 2: Homeschoolers who are at least 16 but will not be 19 as of June 1, 2005.

"What three pieces of literature would you deem necessary before one could consider his education ‘complete' and why?"

Entrant Qualifications:

Category 1: Homeschoolers who are at least 12 but will not be 16 as of June 1, 2005.
Category 2: Homeschoolers who are at least 16 but will not be 19 as of June 1, 2005.

  • Only one entry per student.
  • Family members of Home School Legal Defense Association employees, Home School Foundation employees, or Patrick Henry College staff or faculty are not eligible to participate.

Format:

  • Essays must be completely the work of the student entering the contest. No involvement or assistance of other parties, including but not limited to brainstorming, editing, or proof reading, is permissible.
  • Essays cannot be longer than 700 words.
  • All essays must be typed double-space on white unlined paper in a normal font no smaller than 10 point type.
  • The student's telephone number should be typed or written on each page. If more than one student from a family is participating in the same category, the number should be followed by a letter to distinguish it from the other students. Example: 540-338-5600A and 540-338-5600B.
  • The student's full name, date of birth, HSLDA membership number (if applicable), and telephone number should be on a separate sheet of paper attached by a paperclip to the essay. This sheet should also include a one-sentence description of the essay's contents (e.g., "Joan of Arc is my hero because she did the right thing no matter what other people said") and word count for the essay.

Submission:

Essays should be mailed to:

HSLDA
Attn: Essay Contest
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134-9000
Essays must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2005.
Essays from students in the same family may be mailed in the same envelope.

Fee:

  • HSLDA members: Please enclose a $10 check with each essay.
  • Non-HSLDA members: Please enclose a $15 check with each essay.
The check should be made payable to "HSLDA" with a note of "Essay Contest" in the memo line.

Judging:

  • Essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges appointed by Home School Legal Defense Association.
  • Essays will be judged on originality of thought, grammar and spelling, logic, clarity, writing style, and content.
  • Results of the contest will be released on Tuesday, July 12, 2005.

Prizes:

  • Category 1: First: $400; Second: $200; Third: $100; Fourth: $75; Fifth: $50; Sixth: $25.
  • Category 2: First: $400; Second: $200; Third: $100; Fourth: $75; Fifth: $50; Sixth: $25.

Rules:

  • Only essays sent to the above address will qualify for the contest.
  • No plagiarized or non-original work will be considered.
  • All entries must be postmarked by the deadline of May 31, 2005 to be considered.

By submitting an essay you:

  • grant Home School Legal Defense Association the right to publish all or part of your submission. HSLDA may also allow other non-profit entities to publish the essays for non-commercial use.
  • agree to all rules and the decisions of the judges and sponsors.

    Notice:

    • Home School Legal Defense Association is not responsible for any lost, damaged, misdirected, delayed, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due entries or mail.
    • All profits from this contest will go to the Home School Foundation's Special Needs Children Fund.

    Contact:

    Please write to info@hslda.orgwith any questions regarding this contest.