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Pizza Plus High School Writing Contest offers $600 in scholarships

staff report • Mar 21, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Who needs some college cash? Crazy question, right? Well, here’s your chance to turn your writing skills into some scholarship money.

The Sixth Annual Pizza Plus High School Writing Contest invites area high school students to share their vision of the American dream for a chance to win valuable scholarship prize money. But don’t delay because the deadline for entries is next week.

Pizza Plus Inc., is once again teaming up with the Times-News’ INK ... news for teens program to sponsor the annual high school writing contest and will award a total of $600 in scholarship money to three winners.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m, Wednesday, March 27. No exceptions!

The grand prize winner will earn a $300 in scholarship money, while the first runner-up will receive a $200 scholarship and the second runner-up will earn a $100 scholarship prize.

The checks will be presented at a pizza party celebration for winners and their families on Thursday, April 11 at Pizza Plus of Bloomingdale.

In addition, the winning essay, along with those written by the first and second runners-up, will be published in INK on April 17.

The topic for the 2013 contest challenges teens to look into their futures and explain what the American dream would look like to them.

Officially, writers are tasked with responding to this essay question:

Q: What does the American dream mean to you? Looking into your own future, explain what success in American society looks like to you and what you would consider failure.

Past winners have come from a wide variety of local high schools and communities, and Pizza Plus officials hope the 2013 contest will draw entries from throughout the region.

Any student in grades nine through 12 from any area public, private or home school is eligible to compete. This is not an NIE contest, so you need not be involved in an active NIE program in order to participate.

Here’s what you need to know:

• Only one essay is allowed per student.

• Each entry must have a completed entry form stapled to the back of the essay. The entry forms can be downloaded from the NIE link on the newspaper’s website at www.timesnews.net. Or you can request one be sent to you via e-mail at ink@timesnews.net.

• The student’s name should appear only on the attached entry form and should not be included anywhere else in the work.

• Entries must be between 500 and 750 words in length.

• All entries must be typed. If you don’t have access to a computer or printer, check with your local library or ask a teacher for assistance. No handwritten essays will be accepted.

• Each essay should reflect the student’s own thinking and writing. Portions should not be copied from other essays, the Internet or encyclopedias. Any use of outside sources or information should be attributed and documented in the essay. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in automatic disqualification.

• The essays will be judged on thoughtfulness, organization, writing skills including grammar and spelling, originality, and adherence to the contest rules.

• The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., March 27, 2013.

• Entries should be mailed or delivered to: High School Writing Contest, c/o Kingsport Times-News, Attn: Carmen Musick, 701 Lynn Garden Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662.

• Contest winners will be contacted by phone and honored at a pizza party on April 11. Please mark your calendar for the event. The winners will also be recognized on INK.

For more information about the contest or to have an official entry form sent to you via e-mail, call Carmen Musick at (423) 723-1435 or e-mail ink@timesnews.net.

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