July 11, 2004 — Do you have a V.I. hero: a male person you'd like to let the world know about?
The Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries group is sponsoring "My V.I. Hero 2004 Essay Contest," with a July 23 deadline and an awards ceremony planned for 1 p.m. on Aug. 21.
Prizes (books and/or gift certificates for books) plus possible publication on the Friends of the Enid Baa Public Libraries Web site will be awarded to contest winners.
The directions are specific:
— The essay type is "Extended Definition with Examples."
— Write an original essay about one V.I. male of any age that you think would be an excellent role model for V.I. young people today. You must first define the word "hero," listing the two or three qualities you think are most important. Then you must introduce your special hero by telling us his name, occupation and other details that suit the topic. Next you must give one or more extended examples proving why he is a V.I. hero.
— All essays must range from 400 to 500 words.
— The edited, revised draft of each essay must be either handwritten legibly in blue or black ink or typed (word processed).
— All students 11 through 14 years of age in the St. Thomas Enid Baa Public Library Summer Reading Program may enter this contest. Upward Bound Rising Seniors in The Summer Program Writing Class may also enter.
— Each student may enter only one essay.
— All steps of the essay are due by Friday, July 23.
— Bring the completed work to Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre's mailbox in the Humanities Division on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands or send the entry to the following address, postmarked by the due date above:
Dr. P. Harkins-Pierre, President
Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries
P.O. Box 304911
St. Thomas V.I. 00803
The steps in creation of the essay, according to a release, are:
Step 1. Rough notes (list or cluster of ideas – one page)
Step 2. Sentence outline:
Thesis (main idea of the essay – one sentence)
Introduction (one topic sentence)
Body (one topic idea of one sentence for each paragraph)
Conclusion (one topic sentence)
Step 3. Full rough draft
Step 4. Edited, revised draft
For further information contact Dr. Harkins-Pierre at 693-1357 or by e-mail.
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