Historical Society annual essay competition

Published 3:10 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Lunenburg County Historical Society is sponsoring an essay contest for eighth-grade students in Lunenburg County. To be eligible the student must attend Lunenburg Middle School, a private school or be homeschooled. The private school may be outside Lunenburg County as long as the student’s legal residence is within the county.

This year’s theme for the essay is “A Legacy for Today’s Lunenburg.” Contest participants are to read any chapter in The Lunenburg Legacy by Gay W. Neale and select a Lunenburg person mentioned who demonstrated (1) moral strength, (2) consideration for others, and (3) interest in the county. Describe the specific actions by that person which seem to illustrate each of those three qualities.

The essay must be typed in a standard 14-point font with black ink, doubled-spaced, on one side of 8. x 11-inch white paper, not to exceed two sheets, without pictures. The essay must have been created solely by the student and written in English. A cover sheet containing the following information must accompany the essay when submitted, name of contestant, name of parent/guardian, mailing address, telephone number and email address.

The submission deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m.

Eighth-grade students who are not enrolled in Lunenburg County Public Schools must submit their essay no later than the stated deadline to the main office at Lunenburg Middle School. The essay and cover sheet must be placed unfolded in a large manila envelope addressed to the attention of Brenda Wade.

The essay will be judged on (1) interpretation of the theme; (2) vocabulary and style; and (3) grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Students not enrolled in Lunenburg Middle School who do not have copies of The Lunenburg Legacy by Gay W. Neale have two options: (1) Inquire about the library’s copy at the circulation desk at either of the county’s public libraries; or (2) purchase a copy for $15.00 at the Kenbridge Town Office at the Kenbridge Community Center, 511 East Fifth Ave.

Winners will be announced during the month of February. Prizes will be awarded for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention. Each winner will receive a monetary award and be recognized in local newspapers.