Steve Lietz Essay Contest

Please see information below for an Essay Contest for High School Students (8 winners).

STEVE LIETZ LEGACY ESSAY CONTEST Social Justice: Women and/or Environmental Issues

Awards

Jefferson High School

Washington High School

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

Students enrolled in grades 10 & 11 in Jefferson High School and Washington High School are eligible. Deadline: Submission deadline is midnight February 1, 2018.

Click this link for Essay Contest Official Rules

Social Justice: Women and/or Environmental Issues

About the contest

The wife of Steve Lietz wants to increase students’ knowledge about and understanding of Social Justice and the value of engaging in societal issues. This contest asks students to build a creative, persuasive argument of Social Justice and what the student perceives as his/her role. There will be eight (8) winners of this essay contest; each will receive cash awards and recognition.

About Steve Lietz

Steve contracted the contagious viral illness called Polio when he was 2. He walked on crutches and with braces until he was 12. Although Steve lived with the challenges from Polio he became involved with gymnastics and went to Nationals in Hawaii while he was a college student. While working as a PE teacher Steve became involved in every wheelchair athletic event he could find. He played tennis, basketball and ultimately started racing in a wheelchair. During his wheelchair racing career, he developed into an elite athlete. He raced in multiple races including the Marine Corps marathons. He won the wheelchair division of the Marine Corps race in 1990. He participated in several international events in wheelchair track and field including games in England; the Pan Am Games in Caracas Venezuela, World Games for The Disabled in Assen Holland. The biggest event was at the Paralympics in 1994 in Berlin Germany. Steve was also a Professor at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Towson State University, a Master of Education Degree from Salisbury State University and a Doctorate of Education from Wilmington College.

Awards

Jefferson High School

Washington High School

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

10th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

11th Grade Winner - $250 cash award

Winners will be notified via email by mid-February.

Official Rules

All students enrolled in grades 10 & 11 in Jefferson High School and Washington High School are eligible. Students must submit original work. The essay must be 300-500 words. Entries must be typed and double-spaced. Contestants must submit their essay via email to info@44CollegeReady.org as a Word attachment. All essays submitted will receive a confirmation of receipt email. Deadline: Submission deadline is midnight February 1, 2018.

Section I – General Rules
1. Contestants must submit their essay via email to info@44CollegeReady.org by midnight February 1st.
2. Contestants must create an original essay and submit as a Word Document/Attachment.
3. Jefferson County Schools will have the right to publish, or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author.
4. Winners must agree to share a personal photo and to participate in an interview. This will allow Jefferson County Schools to create a bio of the winners for use on our website and with the media.

Section II – Qualifications of Contestants
The contest is open to all students in grades 10 & 11 enrolled in Jefferson High School and Washington High School of Jefferson County, West Virginia as of date of submission.

Section III – Contest Rules
1. Participants must write on the official topic: Social Justice: Women and/or Environmental Issues
2. Each entry must include the following biographical information at the beginning of the essay document: name, age, grade, school, city, state, email, and phone number.
3. Essays must be typed and double-spaced. Essays must include a short title.
4. Essays must contain at least 300 words but no more than 500 words. Every word of the essay is counted. This does not include the title, biographical information, or any footnotes (if applicable).
5. Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be identified properly. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification.
6. If the essay incorporates facts or other verifiable details, the information should be footnoted. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source.
7. Essays must be written in English.
8. Any protest in the conduct of the contest must be made immediately. Jefferson County Schools Cultural Diversity Facilitator will decide all protests in conformity with the contest rules. The decision of the Cultural Diversity Facilitator is final, and no higher appeals will be recognized.

Section IV – Judging and Timing
1. Any essay not complying with the rules will be immediately disqualified from any further review. An essay will also be disqualified at any point in the process if facts presented prove to be false or unsupportable (e.g., if numbers, etc. are presented as facts they must be based on defensible evidence as determined by judges).
2. All compliant essays will be reviewed by a group of volunteer judges from the media and civic groups.
3. Judges will not discuss or compare essays being judged until all essays have been scored.
4. Judging of the Finalist Group will be conducted using the scoring criteria described in Section V. In the case of a tie, the essay scoring higher on the Persuasiveness score will win.

Section V – Scoring of Contest
Scoring criteria at all levels of the contest will be identical:
1. Persuasiveness of the case made (compelling messages, points well-made, etc.): 45 points
2. Organization and structure (logical interpretation of the subject, adherence to topic, etc.): 25 points
3. Grammar, punctuation, spelling: 20 points
2. Vocabulary and style: 10 points

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