Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest
Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral & Cremation Services, P.C. has announced this year's annual Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest entry deadline as April 30, 2017.
Open to Centre County area high school students, all contest entries must be presented in a personal essay format with 500 to 525 words on the true meaning of Memorial Day. Three winners of this contest will share cash prizes totaling $1,000!
Final judging and selection of winners will be made by a committee selected by Heintzelman Funeral & Cremation Services. Decision of judges are final. Winning essays will be featured on the Heintzelman Funeral & Cremation Services' website, social media pages, and other related print and electronic media.
1. Eligibility: Entrants must be high school students enrolled in the Centre County, PA area School District. Entries from private, charter and home schools will also be accepted.
2. Format: Entries must be presented in the format of a Personal Essay, between 500-525 words, using a double-spaced 12-point font and must include a bibliography (not included in the word count).
3. Topic: “The True Meaning of Memorial Day.” Students are encouraged to discuss the essay theme with teachers, parents and friends. The essay should be positive and clearly focused on the theme. Teachers and parents may check essays, but the content of the essay must be that of the student.
4. Research: Research is essential in creating a quality essay. Please cite library resources, Web URLs with access dates, and personal interviews.
5. Bibliography: The bibliography must cite at least two references. Entries that do not include a bibliography will be disqualified.
6. Essay Entries: Must be submitted and received between April 1 and April 30, 2017. Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned, and they become the property of Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, P.C. Essays should be sent via postal mail, or hand delivered to: Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, P.C. 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801. Entries must be accompanied by a 3x5 index card, attached but not stapled to essay containing the following information: contestant’s name, mailing address, phone number, name of school, grade level (ex: 8th grade; 10th grade), student ID number, and name of parent/guardian.
7. Evaluation Process: Winning essays will be selected on the following basis:
>25 points—Originality and creativity
>25 points—Compliance with the assigned topic
>20 points—Factual accuracy
>15 points—Grammar and organization of content
>15 points—Scope of research
8. Awards: $500 will be awarded to one high school first place winner; $300 will be awarded to one first place runner-up and $200 will be awarded to one second place runner-up. Each winner and his/her parent/guardian must be present to receive their prize.
2016 Youth Essay Contest Winners:
The winners of Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral & Cremation Services, P.C.'s inaugural Youth Essay Contest were recognized in a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 31, at Penns Valley High School. All Centre County area high school students were invited to participate, and submissions were accepted at the funeral from through the entire month of April. The contest's purpose was to inspire youths in our community to learn more about this important holiday.
1st Place: David Krum
2nd Place: Dylan Treaster
3rd Place: Katrina Covalt
Honorable Mentions: Taylor Smith, Malarie Yoder, Lauren Long, Megan Packer, Kailee Klimek, and Ethan Gore.
Throughout the course of the year, Heintzelman Community Outreach hosts free workshops, seminars, and remembrance events intended to enhance the well-being and overall health of the Centre Hall and State College area communities. All of our Community Outreach events are free of charge and open to all, regardless if they have been served by our company.