Do you enjoy the monthly Kid Scoop News publication being jointly partnered by the Northwest Florida Daily News and seven Rotary clubs across Okaloosa and Walton counties?
Well, you’re going to love what’s next.
The Daily News and Rotary clubs representing Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, DeFuniak Springs, Mid-Bay, South Walton County and Niceville-Valparaiso are sponsoring an essay contest in November for all area students in five divisions: individually for grades 3, 4, 5; grades 6-8; and grades 9-12.
Best news? There's still to enter.
The essay is based on one simple question: How do you see the Rotary 4-Way Test benefiting people who apply the principles to their daily lives?
If you’re not familiar with the topic, at every gathering of Rotary clubs around the world, each meeting includes members in attendance reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test:
Of the things we think, say, or do,
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Students should craft their essay with the premise of providing insight as to how they would incorporate the 4-Way Test into their way of thinking and what benefits they would expect to receive from living by the 4-Way Test?
Essay contest participants will be judged on responses up to 250 words for grades 3-5 and 400 words for middle school and high school entries, which must be in English, double-spaced and submitted on 8½ x 11 inch paper. No images are allowed to be submitted with a written entry.
In each division, there will be one top entry selected with each student winner receiving a $200 VISA gift card. Contest judging will be handled by qualified members of the Daily News staff and participating Rotary clubs. The panel will judge each essay based on the following criteria: compelling nature of the essay (50 percent), sincerity of the student’s essay (25 percent), and quality and expression of the student’s writing (25 percent).
Entries can be submitted three ways: 1) the parent or legal guardian of the student can submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; 2) the student can submit by mail to the Northwest Florida Daily News, c/o Writing Contest, 2 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; 3) the student can hand-deliver the entry to the Daily News office, which is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
It’s that simple. The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30, so teachers and students, put your thinking caps on and tell everyone what the Rotary 4-Way Test means to you. Winners will be announced by Dec. 30, 2016.
Following are key rules to follow for students entering the 4-Way Test Essay Contest:
● Only one entry will be accepted per student during the contest period. Incomplete, illegible or inaccurate entries are void. Students must be enrolled in grades 3-12 in a public, private, alternative, parochial or home-study program within 30 miles of the circulation area of the Daily News in the state of Florida.
● All entries must not exceed 250 words, be written in English, double-spaced and submitted on 8½ x 11 inch paper. No images are allowed to be submitted with a written entry.
● The essay must be the student’s original creation and not have been published or be under consideration for publication or prizes elsewhere.
● The entry materials must be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the student indicating that they agree to the contest rules and grant permission to the student to enter the contest and submit an essay.