Youth Essay Contest
The winners of Blessing-Zerkle Funeral Home;s inaugural Youth Essay Contest were recognized in a special awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the funeral home.
Titled "The True Meaning of Memorial Day," each essay submission was reviewed by a committee that selected the first, second and third place winners who will share cash prizes totaling $1,000.
All Tipp City and Vandalia 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.
Our 2016 Youth Essay Contest Winners:
1st Place: Jessica Miller
2nd Place: Katelyn Clark
3rd Place: Jessica Hemmelgarn
Honorable Mentions: Leah Williams, Troy Abele, and Victoria Nordquist
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2016
Final judging and selection of winners will be made by a committee selected by Blessing-Zerkle Funeral Home. Decision of judges are final. Results will be announced May 20, 2016. Winning essays will be featured on the Blessing-Zerkle Funeral Home website, social media page and other related print and electronic media.
1. Eligibility: Entrants must be high school students enrolled in the Tipp City and Vandalia area school districts. 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, 2016. Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned, and they become the property of Blessing-Zerkle Funeral Home. Essays should be mailed to: Blessing-Zerkle Funeral Home, 11900 North Dixie Drive, Tipp City, OH 45371, Attn: Trent Zerkle. Entries must be accompanied by a 3x5 index card, attached but not stapled to essay containing the following information: contestant’s name, address, phone number, 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.