Cash prizes available in essay contest for middle schoolers

DeKALB – DeKalb Area Retirement Center-Oak Crest is sponsoring an essay contest for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades

The topic for the 2013 essay contest is “What’s for Lunch?” Writers should consider the choices they make, whether those choices are good or bad and why the ability to tell the difference matters to the writer and their future.

Organization, sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation will be considered, as will original content and neatness. Essays should be between 750 and 1,000 words in length. The entry period opens Jan. 14 and ends Feb. 8.

Prizes for the contest are donated by The National Bank and Trust Company. First prize is $75, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25.

Essays can be turned in at the main office at Oak Crest.

Each essay should be presented in an envelope with the student’s name, grade and school printed on the outside of the envelope.

For additional information call 815-756-8461 and ask to speak to Joan Launer.

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