2017 Essay Information Iowa Juneteenth Observance A Program of The Des Moines Urban Experience Magazine “Marking 27 Years of Service to the Iowa Community” 2017 Iowa Juneteenth Observance Essay Contest Sponsored by Drake University To: Iowa High School Students, Grades 9 - 11 From: Dwana Bradley Iowa Juneteenth Observance dwanabradley77@gmail.com, Subject: 2017 Iowa Juneteenth Observance ‘Essay Contest’ Juneteenth’ is an international observance marking the end to slavery on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth will celebrate 152 years of celebration during 2017. The Iowa Juneteenth Observance will mark its 27th anniversary as well. On April 11, 2002, Governor Tom Vilsack signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as an official day of recognition in Iowa that is observed annually on the third Saturday in June. This year’s theme for Iowa Juneteenth 2017 is “Together We Can Do More.” ELIGIBILITY: The essay contest is statewide and open to ‘all students’ enrolled in grades 9 through 11. We encourage essayists to enlist the guidance of a teacher or other adult when completing the essay. The essay contest serves as an inspirational vehicle for youth to strengthen appreciation for: 1) scholarship; 2) cultural diversity; and 3) the enhancement of community relations. ESSAY THEME: “How do you work together with others when there are conflicting ideologies and moral standards? CONTEST RULES: REQUIREMENTS: 1) Essays must be a minimum of 500 words and not exceed 700 words; 2) Essays may be typed or word-processed (double spaced); 3) Essayists must use at least 5 sources of information from books, newspapers, magazines, or websites which must be listed (cited) on a separate page and submitted with the essay; 4) Submit a color photo (portrait style – headshot), and 5) Complete the Student Information Form provided with this application. TOP HONORS: Each of the three winning essayists will receive a trophy. In addition, the first place winner will receive a $1,000.00 gift card, the second place winner will receive a $300.00 gift card, and the third place winner will receive a $200.00 gift card. The trophies and gift cards are scheduled to be presented at an Iowa Juneteenth Observance awards ceremony in Des Moines (TBA) and winning essayists must be present to receive their trophies/gift cards. DEADLINE: Submit your essay, along with the Student Information Form, your photo, and your list of reading sources, by email, on or before April 25th, 2017, to Dwana Bradley at dwanabradley77@gmail.com … or send the original essay by regular mail (postmarked by April 25th 2017) to: The Des Moines Urban Experience Magazine Iowa Juneteenth Essay Contest c/o 4101 Amherst Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50313 Attn: Yvonne James Note: Students who are family members of the: 1) Iowa Juneteenth Observance Planning Committee; The Des Moines Urban Experience Magazine, or Drake University administration, faculty, or staff - are ineligible for the essay contest. For additional information, please contact: Dwana Bradley at dwanabradley77@gmail.com. or my cell phone number is (515) 829-0927 ****Complete the Student Information Form**** 2017 Iowa Juneteenth Observance Essay Contest Sponsored by Drake University
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