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Essay Contest
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To foster development of excellent written communication skills, NCFCA will conduct an annual Essay Contest. This contest is meant to encourage homeschool students to learn to effectively communicate through writing by articulating a thoughtful position that addresses life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God. To that end, grammar and spelling are important, as is style, originality, richness of details, and depth.  The essay should be on topic with a message that is strong and compelling.

2014 Essay Topics
  • JR Division (ages 12–14) – What do you think was the best invention in the last 100 years and why? 
  • SR Division (ages 15–18) – What do you think is the greatest obstacle facing Christians in America today and why?

Contest Rules

  • Entry Deadline for all submissions: November 1, 2014. 11:59 PM Central Time 
  • Participants must be 2014-2015 Affiliates of NCFCA. To affiliate for the upcoming season, sign in to your family’s NCFCA Account and complete the Affiliation process. (If you are new to NCFCA, go here to find out how to sign up for an account and affiliate.) 
  • Contest entry fee is $10.00. 
  • This contest will employ two age divisions. The Junior Division is for students age 12-14 and Senior Division is for students age 15-18. Age of student on July 15, 2014 will determine in which division the student will compete. 
  • Length of Essay:
      • Junior Division – 450 - 600 words
      • Senior Division – 750 -1000 words 
  • All entries must be the original work of the student. 
  • No essay submittal may be used either in its original form or reworded as a speech for NCFCA Individual Events Speech competition. 
  • Each student may enter only one essay into the competition. 
  • NCFCA encourages the student to use a variety of sources in writing his essay.  Maintaining academic integrity is important; failing to properly credit sources is to plagiarize, which is to intentionally or unintentionally appropriate the ideas, language, key terms, or work of another without sufficient acknowledgement that such material is not one's own. The student should reference any sources used with appropriate parenthetical citations, and include a bibliography with full citations of all sources used at the end of the essay. In-text citations and the bibliography page should not be included in the word count. 
  • Essay should be typewritten, double-spaced, and formatted with a footer that includes your full name and the page number (i.e. John Smith  Page 1). 
  • All submittals become the property of NCFCA. 
  • All Semi-finalists, Finalists and Winners will be notified via email, and then announced via the NCFCA website on or around January 6, 2015.

Prizes

  • First Place:
    • Scholarship of all tournament fees to one NCFCA sanctioned tournament of your choice in the 2015 season
    • Trophy to be presented at the 2015 National Championship
    • Recognition and publication of essay on website and in National Championship Commemorative Program 
  • Second Place:
    • Scholarship of 50% of tournament fees to one NCFCA sanctioned tournament of your choice in the 2015 season
    • Trophy to be presented at the 2015 National Championship
    • Recognition on website and in National Championship Commemorative Program 
  • Third Place:
    • Trophy to be presented at the 2015 National Championship
    • Recognition on website and in National Championship Commemorative Program

Submission Guidelines

  • Register for the Essay Contest through the link on your NCFCA Dashboard. The Essay Contest link becomes available once you have successfully affiliated with NCFCA for the 2014-2015 season. 
  • After you register for the contest, you will receive a receipt via email. You will need your invoice (receipt) number to submit your essay. 
  • Once you have registered and received your receipt, fill out the Essay Submission Form found on your Dashboard. Include your invoice number in the appropriate field.