2017 Ben Franklin Essay Contest

Official Rules and Eligibility

Eligibility:

Essay contest is open to all Middle School Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8: Public, Private or Parochial in Yakima, Benton and Kittitas Counties: cities, towns and unincorporated areas. Home schooled children may also compete. Students within ESD105 are particularly encouraged to participate.

Rules: 
Each essay MUST start out with the phrase: “Ben Franklin is a role model because”.

According to Sociologist Robert K. Merton, a role model “is a person whose behavior, example or success can be emulated by others, especially by younger people”. Based on this definition, explain how Ben Franklin’s life continues to offer an example of being a role model to young people.

In your essay include at least two examples from Dr. Franklin’s life which support the claim that Franklin is a role model. Conclude your essay with a personal reflection on why or how Franklin’s life inspires you to persevere, discover, innovate or lead.

We will accept typed or computer generated essays, but prefer that each essay be hand written, single spaced, in English, on the front side of not more than three - 8 ˝” x 11” pages of lined notebook paper.   It must contain a minimum of 250 words and not more than 400 words.

Your essay must be your own original work.    A parent, teacher, librarian, scout master or other leader must initial the line on the entrance form to certify she/he has read your essay.   Parent or Guardian must sign the entrance form, giving permission for the student to enter the contest and participate in any media coverage.


 


Timeline:

Essays must be postmarked not later than April 7, 2017 and mailed to: Olde Yakima Letterpress Museum, P. O. Box 10477, Yakima, WA 98909-1477. We suggest you keep a copy for your records.

Judging:

Essays meeting the rules and eligibility requirements will be judged by a committee formed by Olde Yakima Letterpress Museum. Winners will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  1. Essay must be well organized, legible and demonstrate clarity and conciseness.
  2. Essay must show insight into the subject.

Judging Committee Co-chairs will be Mr. Tim Chase and Ruth M. Bishop, DO, MPH. The decisions of the judges shall be final.    Essays will be the property of Olde Yakima Letterpress Museum.

Awards:  Teacher/Leader will be notified of winners by email or telephone by April 28, 2017.

The first place essay winner will receive a personalized letterpress plaque, photo with Ben Franklin, special seating and three tickets to Ben Franklin Live! on Friday, May 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Yakima Convention Center and a $100.00 check.  Each grade level, 6th, 7th, and 8th is eligible for a first place prize.

The second and third place essay winners will receive a personalized letterpress plaque, photo with Ben Franklin, special seating and three tickets to Ben Franklin Live! on Friday, May 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Yakima Convention Center and a $50.00 check. Each grade level, 6th, 7th and 8th is eligible for these prizes

For essays which show merit but do not win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place standing, a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded at Ben Franklin Live! together with two free tickets to the May 12, 2017 performance.

All middle school students who submit an essay that meets eligibility and rules, with a postmarked date of April 7, 2017 or before, will receive a museum T shirt. Make sure that your name, school address, school telephone number and T shirt size are plainly marked.


Be sure to include check-off sheet with Contest Entry.

Click HERE for a downloadable/printable version of these rules.