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Live Deliberately Essay Contest

World Wide Waldens

World Wide Waldens, an education initiative of the Walden Woods Project that promotes environmental reflection and action activities for middle school, high school, and college students, is sponsoring its annual Live Deliberately Essay Contest for students. There are three age categories: 13-15 years old, 16-18 years old, and 19-21 years old. To enter the contest, students should submit a 500-word personal essay in response to the following passage from “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” in Thoreau’s Walden:

“The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.”

Submissions are due by May 15, 2012.

Writing in Walden Woods

For more information, tips and suggestions, access to the online submission form and winning essays from previous contests, please consult essay contest website.

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New York State Archives Student Research Awards

New York State Archives: Where History Goes on Record

The New York State Archives has announced its twenty-second annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.

Three awards will be presented: one each for grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

Individual and group entries are welcome and must be submitted by July 1, 2012.

Entries may be in the following formats:

  • Website, PowerPoint presentation, or other computer-based format
  • Exhibit
  • Documentary
  • Performance
  • Proposal for historic marker
  • Research paper

All nominations must be made by teachers, library media specialists, or administrators in the school attended by the student or groups of students.

For official guidelines and entry forms:

http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/grants/grants_student_sraguidelines.shtml

New York State Archives

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