Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission

Annual Racism Essay Contest 

 

Official Contest Rules
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE  November 1, 2017 
                                                                                                                        
The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission joins the YWCA Wheeling is extending an invitation to all school aged children in WV to participate in the YWCA “Project on Racism Essay Contest”. Each year students are provided with a venue to share their vision and views of Dr. King’s lessons and teachings.
 
2018 Project on Racism Essay Contest Topic: " The question is not, ‘If I stop to help these men in need, what will happen to me?’  The question is, ‘If I do not stop to help these men*, what will happen to them?’ That's the question”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - when discussing the sanitation worker’s strike


ESSAY TOPIC GRADES 1 – 4


Have you ever helped someone?  Describe one time when you did something that helped someone.  How did it feel to help?

ESSAY TOPIC GRADES 5 – 8
 
Describe a time that you wanted o help someone, but didn’t
What stopped you from helping?
How can you overcome those things?
Describe some of the feelings associated with helping others?

ESSAY TOPIC GRADES 9 – 12 & TASC
 

What are the first thoughts you have when you read the quote?
Does this quote make you think of any individual? Why?
Does this quote apply to your life at all? If so, how?
 

 
2018 Project on Racism Essay Contest Guidelines
 
Eligibility
The 2018 Project on Racism Essay Contest is open to any student in grades 1—12 attending public, private, parochial, or home school in the State of West Virginia; or any student under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/ TASC program in the State of West Virginia.
 
The student does NOT have to be a U.S. citizen.
 
Contact Information Form
Please submit your Contact Information Form along with your essay.  Use a paper clip to attach the Contact Information Form to the essay.  Do NOT staple your Contact Information Form to your essay. 
 
There is no separate registration form.
 
Essay Requirements
Essays should not include any information that identifies the student, teacher, principal, or school.  Any essay that includes identifying information will be automatically disqualified.
All essays will be photocopied for judges.  Any essay that is illegible after photocopying will be automatically disqualified.
Essays should be a maximum of four (4) pages. 
Essays may be handwritten, typed, or computer-generated in 12-point Times New Roman font.
Essays must be in English. 
Essays must be the original work of the student.  Parents/teachers/guardians may type or write a student’s work verbatim.
Each student may submit only one (1) essay.  Please submit only one copy, i.e., do not fax and mail the same essay.
Essays must be in black ink on white paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only.
Please number pages at the bottom, i.e., 1 of 4, 2 of 4, etc.
Do not include drawings, references, or other attachments.
Do not use staples.  Use a paper clip to attach the Contact Information Form and the essay.
 
Entry Submission
Entries may be submitted on or before  November 1, 2017.   Each entry must include both an essay and a Contact Information Form.  You will NOT receive acknowledgement of receipt. 
 
Essays and Contact Information Forms may be submitted via e-mail, fax, U.S. Postal Service, or hand delivery.  YWCA Wheeling is not responsible for entries not received due to network service outages or delays, computer difficulties, or any other technological malfunctions; or for entries that are lost, stolen, misdirected, late, ineligible, incomplete, or mutilated by the U.S. Postal Service.
 
Submit each entry only one time.  Do NOT fax an entry multiple times.  Do NOT fax and mail the same entry.
 
All entries submitted via e-mail must be received by midnight  on  November 1, 2017.  Please email entries to cdcodirector@ywcawheeling and type “Essay/ Music/ Film submission” in the subject line. 
 
All entries submitted via fax must be received by midnight on November 1, 2017Please fax entries to 304-232-0513 and write “Essay submission” as the recipient.
 
All entries submitted via U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2017 Please mail entries to:  YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St, Wheeling, WV 26003, ATTN:  Essay submission
 
All entries submitted via hand delivery must be received before 5:00 pm on November 1, 2017Please deliver entries to YWCA Wheeling first floor reception desk at the above address Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
 
 
2018 Project on Racism Contest
Five Minute Film Competition
 
 
One of the newest additions to the Project on Racism contest is a Five Minute Film Contest. We are giving all the students the opportunity to create a film of five (5) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based in this year’s quote.
 
QUOTE:
“The question is not, ‘If I stop to help these men in need, what will happen to me?’  The question is, ‘If I do not stop to help these men*, what will happen to them?’ That's the question” 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - when discussing the sanitation worker’s strike
 
 
The film’s director(s) and actors must have been in high school, Middle school, or Elementary school while filming the project. This is a state wide film competition and thus accepts films from anywhere in the WV, as long as, you were in grades 1 through 12 when you made the film.  
 
All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
 
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Entries for the 2018 YWCA Project on Racism Five Minute Film Contest must be submitted on or before November 1st, 2017
 
ELIGIBILITY: Students must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.
 
HOW TO ENTER: Create a film of five (5) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based in this year’s quote. The film can be created by phone, camera, or any other visual recording device.
 
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Be sure to fill out the Contact Information Sheet and attach it or the information from it, with your submission 
 
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS:
 
Winners will be announced before the end of December 2018. 
 
Winners will be chosen by the creativity, ingenuity, originality, and relevance of each entry. All winners will be notified by the email address or phone number provided in the entry form.
 
RULES FOR ENTRY:
 
Entries may not contain content that contains curse words, gross violence, gore, nudity or any sexual situations.
 
 
 
2018 Project on Racism Contest
Song/Music Competition 
 
Another addition to the Project on Racism contest is the Song/Music Contest. We are giving all the students the opportunity to create a song of three (3) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based on this year’s quote.
 
QUOTE:
 
“The question is not, ‘If I stop to help these men in need, what will happen to me?’  The question is, ‘If I do not stop to help these men*, what will happen to them?’ That's the question” 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - when discussing the sanitation worker’s strike
 
 
The musicians or musical contributors must have been in High school, Middle school, or Elementary school during the school year 2018. This is a state wide Song/Music competition and thus accepts music from anywhere in the state provided you were in grades 1 through 12 when you created the piece.
 
 
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Entries for the 2018 YWCA Project on Racism Song/Music Contest must be submitted on or before November 1st, 2017
 
ELIGIBILITY: Students must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.
 
HOW TO ENTER: Create a song or musical piece of three (3) minutes or less in length that is inspired by or has a theme based on this year’s quote. The music can be created by phone, studio, or any other recording equipment. All music, lyrics must be original. The song entered cannot be owned in any part by a music publishing company. Categories of music accepted include: Alternative, Blues, Children's Music, Christian, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Folk, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Pop/Top 40, R&B, Hip-Hop, & Rock. All songs must be in MP3 format.
 
PERSONAL INFORMATION: The Contact Information Sheet must be attach in some way or the information from it must be submitted with your original work. 
 
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS:
 
Winners will be announced before the end of December 2017. 
 
Winners will be chosen by the creativity, ingenuity, originality, and relevance of each entry. All winners will be notified by the email address or phone number provided on the entry form.
 
RULES FOR ENTRY:
 
Entries may not contain curse words, words of aggression or violence, or words of a sexual nature.
 
Each entry must include the following:
 
1. Completed Contact Information Form
 
2. A Flash Drive or CD containing the MP3 (The MP3 can also be emailed to cdcodirector@ywcawheeling.org
 
Selection of Winners
Winners will be selected according to the following criteria: grammar, originality, relevance to theme, and effective expression.  Winners will be contacted via the email provided on the Contact Information Sheet, and announced before the end of December 2017.  All judgments are final.
 
Conditions
All submitted entries shall become the property of the YWCA Wheeling, and no submission will be acknowledged or returned.  The copyright of the essay remains the exclusive property of the entrant.
 
If any submission commits plagiarism or violates copyright, the entrant is solely responsible for the act(s).  The YWCA Wheeling is NOT responsible in cases of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement.  If YWCA Wheeling receives any concrete evidence of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement after a winner is selected, then the prize shall be returned and YWCA Wheeling shall remove that work from its website.
 
If you have any questions about the 2018 Project on Racism Essay Contest, please contact YWCA Wheeling at 304-232-0511 or cdcodirector@ywcawheeling.org
 

 

Essay Winners

2017 Essay Winners

2016 Essay Winners

2015 Essay Winners

  2014 Essay Winners.pdf

 

 

 

 

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 State Capitol
  Building 1, Room 35
  1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
      Charleston, WV 25305