WV Student Essay Contest

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Student Essay Contest

Seeking Inspirational West Virginians …

In celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday, the staff of Wonderful West Virginia is pleased to announce an essay contest for West Virginia students in grades 6 through 12. Two winning essays, one by a middle school student and one by a high school student, will be selected by magazine staff.  The winners will each receive $500, and the winning essays will be published in the May 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia.


Students attending any West Virginia school, and those who are home schooled in the state, are eligible. Students wishing to participate in the contest should submit an essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following:

“Name a West Virginian, living or deceased, well known or not, who inspires you and state why. How has this person’s example impacted your choices and actions? Or, how might it impact them in the future?”

Essays will be judged on content, originality, and writing proficiency. Essays should be typed and double spaced. Students should include their name, school, grade, and e-mail address or telephone number.

Essays may be sent via e-mail as a Microsoft Word attachment to wonderfulwvessay@wv.gov or in hard copy to Wonderful West Virginia Student Essay Contest, c/o WVDNR, 324 Fourth Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25304.

Essays must be received via e-mail or postmarked no later than December 31, 2012.

Joey Wiseman, WVDE