Hendersonville Area Links And The Tennessee Tribune Team Up And Challenge Area High School Students To Address Bullying

NASHVILLE – An essay contest, sponsored by The Links, Incorporated, Hendersonville Area Chapter (TN) and The Tennessee Tribune newspaper, will challenge area high school students to address the problem of bullying in local schools and communities by addressing the question: “Have you ever bullied another person? How did you feel before, during and after?”

Bullying has increasingly become a major problem among today’s youth with more avenues to demean and humiliate victims through social networks and technology. This often repetitive behavior includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, physical and verbal attacks, and purposely excluding someone from a group.

“Bullying has become much more than fighting and taking lunch money, it has become a crisis in the cyber world leaving its victims humiliated and helpless,” said Gina Gunn, president of The Links, Incorporated, Hendersonville Area Chapter (TN). “By introducing this service project, we not only want students to embrace the literary arts and learn how to express themselves via pen and paper, but we also want them to learn to think more critically about a topic they may have experienced personally or through others.”

Gunn added, “Further, we want young people to be more aware of the potential ramifications of their actions, and for them to know that they can make a difference through the simple practice of tolerance and kindness.”

Monetary prizes starting at $100 will be awarded to winners in first, second and third place categories, along with other special recognitions, including being featured in The Tennessee Tribune newspaper.

High school juniors and seniors enrolled in area Metro Nashville schools with a grade point average of C+ or better are eligible to participate in the contest. Students must submit original work and have a parent/guardian sign the official contest entry form. The submitted essays should be 300-500 words, be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12-point font. The essay entry form may be downloaded here. Essay rules are listed below.

Entries must be received no later than February 15, 2014.

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Download Essay Contest Entry Form Here

ESSAY CONTEST
“Have you ever bullied another person? How did you feel before, during, and after?”

Though most kids have been teased or laughed at on occasion, some students have to deal with long-term harassment that is psychologically and physically harmful to their well-being. Bullying is a major epidemic facing today’s schools and children. From stealing someone’s lunch money to spreading rumors online, bullying takes place everywhere—and it’s up to students, teachers, and parents to put an end to it by fostering awareness, tolerance, and kindness.
In this essay, students are asked to think about the reasons people bully others and the potential ramifications of their actions. They’ll examine their own passive and active involvement in bullying situations and consider what it feels like to be demeaned for who they are or what they love to do. As they look at bullying from the perspectives of the bully and the victim, students will gain a deeper understanding of the potential repercussions that teasing, name- calling, and fighting can have over time.

CONTEST RULES SUMMARY

Qualifications

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in area Metro-Nashville schools for the 2013-2014 academic year. Entrants must have a C+ average or better in academic grades.

Essay Topic

“Have you ever bullied another person? How did you feel before, during, and after?”

Length and Presentation

Essays must be no less than 300 words and no more than 500 words typed on 8.5 x 11 paper. Essay should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font and double-spaced. Essay must be the student’s own work.

Submission

Essay entry may be mailed or submitted electronically, and MUST include the student’s name, age and grade on each page of the essay. Electronic submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. February 15, 2014 to hendersonvillelinks@gmail.com. Mailed entries must be postmarked by February 15, 2014. All entry submissions must be accompanied by the official entry form with signed parental consent. Only one entry per student is permitted. Entries which are incomplete, late, contain unrequested information or otherwise fail to comply with these official rules and requirements will automatically be disqualified for contest consideration.

Winners will be notified on or before February 28, 2014.

Download Essay Contest Entry Form Here

Please mail or e-mail entries to:

Hendersonville Area Links/The Tennessee Tribune

ATTN: 2014 Essay Contest
1501 Jefferson Street
Nashville, TN 37208

hendersonvillelinks@gmail.com

Download Essay Contest Entry Form Here

*Entries will not be returned. The winner(s) give the Hendersonville Area Chapter of The Links,mIncorporated and The Tennessee Tribune the rights to reprint and redistribute entries.

Copyrights and Permissions

By entering the contest, entrants and their parent/guardians acknowledge and agree that the entry, along with any and all documentation submitted therewith, will become the sole property of The Links, Incorporated, Hendersonville Area Chapter and The Tennessee Tribune. The Links, Incorporated, Hendersonville Area Chapter and The Tennessee Tribune may edit any entries for grammar and/or modify for style only. Entrant and their parent/guardian hereby grant The Links, Incorporated, Hendersonville Area Chapter and The Tennessee Tribune license to distribute submitted material to third parties for purposes of publication or production, to publicize the contest, with no additional notification or permission of the entrant or parent/guardian. Submitted material will only be used to further the mission and goals of The Links, Incorporated, Hendersonville Area Chapter and The Tennessee Tribune, including, but not limited to, featuring the essay on The Links, Incorporated and The Tennessee Tribune websites, and putting them on a DVD for promotional distribution for the contest. As a condition to receiving any awards, the winners must provide or participate in publicity photos. The entry form will also serve as an official liability release and publicity release form.

Judging Process

The essay contest will officially end February 15, 2014 at midnight. The judges will review all entries and
submissions which comply with these official rules and regulations, and select a first, second and third
winning essay. Judges reserve the right to not make an award in any category. Entries will be evaluated
based on adherence to instructions stated in the Contest Rules Summary and on the following criteria:

  • Development of theme – 10 points
  • Originality – 20 points
  • Grammar, spelling and neatness – 25 points
  • Content and clarity of expression – 45 points

 

Awards and Prizes

Winners will be notified on or before February 28, 2014.

1st Place Essay – Two (2) winners [one (1) male and one (1) female]

$100 cash prize
Certificate of Achievement
Recognition/profile in The Tennessee Tribune newspaper

2nd Place Essay – One (1) winner

$75 cash prize
Certificate of Achievement
Recognition/profile in The Tennessee Tribune newspaper

3rd Place Essay – One (1) winner

$50 cash prize
Certificate of Achievement
Recognition/profile in The Tennessee Tribune newspaper

Download Essay Contest Entry Form Here

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