Thank you for participating in the First Annual Durham Kwanzaa Essay Contest!
Below are the criteria for this year’s essay.
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.
- 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.