CONTESTANTS

Dear Students,

Thank you for participating in the First Annual Durham Kwanzaa Essay Contest!

Below are the criteria for this year’s essay.

Happy Writing!

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THE ESSAY PROMPT:

The Adrinkra symbol above translates as NEA OPE SE OBEDI HENE, or “He/She/They who want(s) to lead in the future must first learn to serve.”  With this in mind, envision yourself as a leader of tomorrow and choose a Kwanzaa principle that is most important to you.  In your essay, explain which of the seven Kwanzaa principles is most needed by Afro-Future leaders.  Provide examples of how this principle can be activated, giving examples of how you will make it all happen.

CRITERIA

  • Length:
    • High School:  Essays must be 1000 words.
    • Middle School:  Essays must be 500 words.
  • Only 1 (one) entry per student.
  • Include the following in the HEADING:
    • Student’s name
    • Student’s school and grade
    • Parent/Guardian contact number
    • Parent/Guardian e-mail

Who: Participating students can be public, private or homeschooled.

When: Essays must be submitted by December 20th, 2017 @ 6pm via the following google form via https://durhamkwanzaaessaycontest.wordpress.com/.  We apologize that there will be no extensions and no exceptions to this due date and time.

Prizes: Prizes will be given as follows:

  • The 1st place essayists, for both high school and middle school, will receive $50, and a
    • Polish and Performance Preparation Session with a local artist TBD.  Winning essayists will get feedback to help polish their essays and receive coaching on how to deliver their prose to an audience.  
  • The runner-ups will receive:  TBD

The authors of the top two winning essays, for high school and middle school, will be invited to read their essays at a Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration to be held on Dec. 26th at 7pm, located at the Hayti Heritage Center.  NOTE:  Authors may opt to have their essays read aloud on their behalf.

  • All other entrants will receive a certificate for their participation or an honorable mention certificate.