2018 VA PTA Citizenship Essay Contest DEADLINE: February 1 to Debbie Kilpatrick, NOVA District Director Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2018 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “What Does it Mean to Dream Big?” WHO CAN ENTER?
All Virginia students in grades K through 12 presently enrolled in schools with active PTA/PTSAs in Good Standing may enter. A non-graded Special Writer Division is available and limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet ADA guidelines. Qualifying students entering this division create their own essay, but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult.
In all categories, adherence to the theme as it relates to CITIZENSHIP, originality, clarity, thought and skill in standard written English will be judged. The theme must be used as the essay title and may not be altered in any way.
Students in grades 9 through 12must write a minimum of 750 words, typed and double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1” margins.
Students in grades 6 through 8 must write a minimum of 500 words, typed and double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1” margins.
Students in grades 3 through 5may submit a maximum of 250 words, typed or handwritten.
Students in grades K through 2 may submit a maximum of 100 words, typed or handwritten.
Special Writers may submit entries typed or handwritten.
Students who place first in their category will be notified in the Spring. They will be featured in Virginia PTA’s official publication, The VOICE, and on the Virginia PTA website. First place winners in each division will also receive a CASH PRIZE and will be recognized at a Virginia PTA Awards Event.
Mail signed application and essay to:Debbie Kilpatrick, NOVA District Director
13301 Green Mallard Court
Clifton, VA 20124
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.novadistrictpta.org Essays and completed applications must be submitted to Northern Virginia District Director by February 1, 2018. District entries will be submitted by March 1 to Virginia PTA State Office, Attention: Citizenship Essay, 1027 Wilmer Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227. Questions about state level contest: Contact the Virginia PTA State Office at email@example.com or (804) 264-1234 or 866-4vakids.
OFFICIAL STUDENT ENTRY FORM
2018 VA PTA CITIZENSHIP ESSAY PROJECT “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DREAM BIG?” Due to NOVA District Director by
February 1, 2018
(see mailing info on cover sheet) CATEGORY: (Please select only one) SPECIAL WRITER ___ GRADE K – 2 ___ GRADE 3 – 5 ___ GRADE 6 – 8 ___ GRADE 9 – 12 _____ __________________________________________________GRADE_______________ADDRESS___________________________________________________________________'>NAME_________________________________________________ GRADE______________ ADDRESS___________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________________ PHONE ____________________ SCHOOL NAME______________________________________________________________ PRINCIPAL’S NAME__________________________________________________________ PRINCIPAL’S E-MAIL ADDRESS________________________________________________ LOCAL PTA/PTSA UNIT_______________________________________________________ COUNCIL PTA_______________________ DISTRICT PTA: Northern Virginia District PTA
I certify that this is the original work of the student. I also understand that, if selected,
the essay will be published. (Please keep an electronic copy of the essay.) _______________________________ __________________________________
Student’s Signature Parent or Guardian Signature STATE AWARDS: 1st Place entries at the state level will win a cash prize. _________________________________________________________________________ (For District Use Only – Deadline for District to Submit the District’s Winner is March 1) I certify that this local unit is in good standing with Virginia PTA and meets all guidelines. I certify that this entry is a district winner and is forwarded to Virginia PTA for judging. ____________________________________________
Debbie Kilpatrick, Northern Virginia District Director