Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest & Award Ceremony
Gill's 2017 Youth Essay Contest Winners:
1st Place: Zaneon Meinhart
2nd Place: Madalin Dant
3rd Place: Amelia Dayton
Gill Funeral Service will announce the winners of their annual Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest during a special awards ceremony at May 29, 2017 at Daviess County Courthouse, 200 East Walnut St., Washington, IN 47501.
Three winners will share cash prizes totaling $1,000! Winning essays will be featured on Gill Funeral Service's website, social media pages, and other related print and electronic media.
This essay contest was open to all Daviess County area high school students and submissions were accepted at the funeral home during the month of April 2017. All entries had to be presented in a personal essay format, with 500 to 525 words on the true meaning of Memorial Day.
1. Eligibility: Entrants must be high school students enrolled in the Daviess County area School District. Entries from private, charter and home schools will also be accepted.
2. Format: Entries must be presented in the format of a Personal Essay, between 500-525 words, using a double-spaced 12-point font and must include a bibliography (not included in the word count).
3. Topic: “The True Meaning of Memorial Day”. Students are encouraged to discuss the essay theme with teachers, parents and friends. The essay should be positive and clearly focused on the theme. Teachers and parents may check essays, but the content of the essay must be that of the student.
4. Research: Research is essential in creating a quality essay. Please cite library resources, Web URLs with access dates, and personal interviews.
5. Bibliography: The bibliography must cite at least two references. Entries that do not include a bibliography will be disqualified.
6. Essay Entries: Must be submitted and received between April 1 and April 30, 2017. Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned, and they become the property of Gill Funeral Service. Essays should be mailed or delivered in person to: Gill Funeral Service, Attn: Jennifer Wheeler, 308 East Walnut Street, Washington, IN 47501. Entries cannot be accepted by email. Entries must be accompanied by a 3x5 index card, attached but not stapled to essay containing the following information: contestant’s name, mailing address, phone number, name of school, grade level (ex: 8th grade; 10th grade), student ID number, and name of parent/guardian who will accompany contestant at the related Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, taking place on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Daviess County Courthouse, 200 East Walnut Street, Washington, IN 47501.
7. Evaluation Process: Winning essays will be selected on the following basis:
>25 points—Originality and creativity
>25 points—Compliance with the assigned topic
>20 points—Factual accuracy
>15 points—Grammar and organization of content
>15 points—Scope of research
8. Awards: $500 will be awarded to one high school first place winner; $300 will be awarded to one first place runner-up and $200 will be awarded to one second place runner-up. Each winner and his/her parent/guardian must be present to receive their prize.
Gill's 2016 Youth Essay Contest Winners:
1st Place: Nicole Manis
2nd Place: Jeremiah Kirsh
3rd Place: Alex Lamb
Honorable Mention: Katherine Matthews