International Essay Competitions 2006

World Bank International Essay Competition

WANTED: your practical  ideas!  – Deadline, April 2, 2006

Today is your world! You’re making a difference. You’re working to solve community problems, such as lack of access to education or jobs, the spread of HIV/AIDS or conflict. Yet, the impact of your work does not always receive enough exposure and recognition. Participate now and have your voice heard! The World Bank and its partners invite you to participate in the International Essay Competition 2006 to share your experience and ideas on community work and participation in public life.


Choose one of the two topics:


Topic 1: How do you contribute to solving community problems?

You’re making an impact – or you have ideas – on working with your peers on important projects, such as: improving education, resolving conflict, limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS, or promoting youth employment.

1) If you have been personally involved in community work, write specifically about your experience:

Who have you worked with? Who have you helped? What have you accomplished? In what way would you consider this work to be innovative? How have you measured the results of your work?

Looking ahead:
How would you improve your impact? How can other youth replicate your experience?

2) If you don’t have practical experience, write specifically about your ideas:
How would you work with your peers to solve community problems?


Topic 2: How do you influence decision making?

You’ve helped influence – or you have ideas on influencing – decisions on important issues that affect your community:

1) If you have been personally involved in advocacy work, write specifically about your experience:
What have you accomplished? How did you convince decision makers to listen to you? What obstacles have you overcome? How have you measured the results of your work?

Looking ahead:
How would you improve your advocacy? How can other youth adapt your ideas to become more involved in decision-making?

2) If you don’t have practical experience, write specifically about your ideas:
How could youth better influence decision-making?


Who can participate


Are you:



  • A young person between 18 and 25 years of age from any country of the world?

  • Not enrolled in a PhD program?

  • Interested in global issues?

If you answer ‘YES’ to all of the questions, then you can participate in the Essay Competition!!


The competition is open to students and non-students alike, able to submit their essay in either English, French or Spanish.


Length and Format


 


How long should your essay be?


Your essay may not be longer than 10 pages (4000 words maximum), 1.5 line-spaced.

You are also required to provide an abstract of no more than one page. An abstract is a summary in which you explain the aim, the methodology, the reasoning and the main conclusions of your paper.
The abstract will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.


 


How to submit?


 


The submission process for the Essay Competition 2006 is entirely Internet-based.
Essays submitted by email or post will not be accepted.


To submit your essay, click here.


Rules


 


RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS



  • Submissions will be accepted starting February 1, 2006 till April 2, 2006.

  • Each participant can only submit one essay.

  • Participants must be between 18 and 25 years of age.

  • Students taking PhD courses are not eligible.

  • Essays should not be longer than 10 pages (4,000 words, maximum), 1.5 line-spaced.

  • Essays can only be submitted online, in English, French or
    Spanish.

  • Each essay must be accompanied by an abstract (max. one page). The abstract will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.

  • All essays will be blind reviewed. References to specific individuals, firms, or schools, which might reveal the author’s identity are discouraged.

  • Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited.

  • All essays must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. Please note that all essays will be screened with a specialized software to verify plagiarism.

  • We recommended that you write your essay in a word-processing program (check for grammar and spelling; clarity counts).

  • Contestants are asked not to add emphasis using HTML etc. Italics and other text formatting will be added to the finalist essays for publication purposes.

  • The World Bank reserves the right to publish and/or to make available to the public the winning essays.

  • The decision of the Jury is final and is not subject to an appeal.

For more information: www.essaycompetition.org

Related

Awards
2018 High School Essay Contest

Topic: “Why do we — as consumers of media — need to obtain news from multiple feeds and not just one or two outlets?”

2017 Contest Winners
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First Place National Essay Winner
($1,000 scholarship)
Lauryn Wu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Co-winner: Aliza Diepenbrock, Spring Street International School, Friday Harbor, Washington
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Co-winner: Carolyn Harper, Bob Jones High School, Madison, Alabama
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Eileen Yang, Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey
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Resources for scholastic journalists and educators

JEA Digital Media Resources
Multimedia Tools
Guide to Broadcast/Video
Guide to Moving Online


Previous honorees

2016 Contest Winners

— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Simon Levien, Sparta High School, Sparta, N.J.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: David Oks, The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Christine Condon, Dulaney High School, Timonium, Md.
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2015 Contest Winners

— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Matthew Zipf, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, Md.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Philip Kim, Paramus High School, Paramus, N.J.
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Sania Chandrani, Parkview High School, Liburn, Ga.
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2014 Contest Winners

— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Tianyu Lin of Milton Academy in Milton, Mass.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Phoebe Fox of La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls in Honolulu, Hawaii
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Jacob Bloch of Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y.
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2013 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Courtney Swafford of Write from the Heart in Wilmington, Del.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Anran Yu of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz.
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Chuli Zeng of Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif.
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2012 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Hwasung (Daniel) Yoo of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies in Richmond, Va.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Niisackey Mills of South Plainfield High School in South Plainfield, N.J.
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Dustin Chandler of East Burke High School in Connellys Springs, N.C.
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2011 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Emerson Hardebeck of Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Shaun Moran of St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, N.J.
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Chris Papas of Oakton High School in Vienna, Va. Read essay [PDF, 74 KB]


2010 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Erin McDonough of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va.
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Shaj Mathew of Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, Md.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Xiaonan “April” Hu of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.


2009 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Alix Cohen of Cypress Bay High School, Weston, Fla.
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Victor Hollenberg of Staples High School, Westport, Conn.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Alyssa Patrick of Eisenhower High School, Yakima, Wash.


2008 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Mark Brouch, Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora, Ill.
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Evan Rich, Jericho High School, Jericho, N.Y.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Danna Seligman, Newbury Park High School, Newbury Park, Ca.


2007 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): David Kelly, Broomfield High School, Broomfield, Colo.
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Dan Garon, Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, Plymouth, Minn.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Erin Gowdy, Bob Jones High School, Madison, Ala.


2006 Contest Winners
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— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Angelika Zych, Vanguard High School, in Ocala, Fla.
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Jonathan Homrighausen of Sunnyside High School in Sunnyside, Wash.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Amy Brooks of Clayton High School in Clayton, Mo.


2005 Contest Winners
— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship winner) : Mindy Zhang, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, Va.
— Second Place ($500 scholarship winner): Zachory John Drisko, Green Hope High School, Cary, N.C.
— Third Place ($300 scholarship winner): Katie Roberts, Home schooled, Walnut Shade, Mo.


2004 Contest Winners
— First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship winner): Heather Hamilton, Sentinel High School, Missoula, Mont.
— Second Place ($500 scholarship winner): Logan Oyler, Hickory High School, Chesapeake, Va.
— Third Place ($300 scholarship winner): Joey Muffler, Bishop Ireton High School Alexandria, VA


2002 National First Place Winner
Jonathan Ross Kaplan, Nova High School, Davie, Fla.

2000 National First Place Winner
Katie Pennock, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC

1999 National First Place Winner
Darcy Colson Baxter, Lansing Central High School (near Ithaca, N.Y.)

1998 National First Place Winner
Michael Anthony Fedele III, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, S.C.

Postmark deadline: February 23, 2018

Nominations accepted beginning November 3, 2017

The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association want to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. National winners of this essay contest receive scholarship awards.

Award recognition

First Place: $1,000 scholarship
Second Place: $500 scholarship
Third Place: $300 scholarship

Entry Deadline

All entries should be postmarked by February 23, 2018.


Complete Official Rules and How to Enter

For official contest rules and information on how to enter this year’s High School Essay Contest, please visit this link.

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