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Entries accepted for High School Essay Contest

NATCHITOCHES – The Ninth Annual NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest is accepting submissions until May 19.  The contest is open to all Louisiana students in grades 9-12 regardless of type of school institution, including students in all types of private educational environments, as well as home schooled students.

The 2017 Contest theme is “Louisiana Landscapes.”  Students are invited to write about a place in Louisiana that has special meaning for them.  All places in Louisiana are appropriate, including homes, schools, churches, neighborhoods, parks, historic sites, museums, bodies of water, landmarks and regions.  Personal reflections and experiences are valid as part of the essay content.  Essays may be in narrative form if the student chooses.

Essays should be approximately 1,000 – 2,500 words, should have titles, and should be typed (double spaced, 12-point font, standard margins).  Entries should include a cover sheet with the student’s name, school affiliation, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and the title of their entry.  Entries may be submitted via e-mail to Dr. Shane Rasmussen, or mailed to the Louisiana Folklife Center, NSU Box 3663, Natchitoches, LA 71497.  “2017 NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest” should be the subject line of e-mails.  The deadline for contest submissions is May 19. Prize winning students will be notified by July 15.

The prizes for the contest winners are: 1st place – $150; 2nd place – $100; and 3rd place – $50. Essay contest winners will receive a $200 per semester NSU scholarship with a value up to $1,600 if they attend NSU for four years.  This award is in addition to other scholarship awards the student may receive from Northwestern State.  To be eligible, essay winners must submit a complete scholarship application packet to the university by Dec. 1 of their senior year.  Winners must also have at least a 20 ACT composite or 950 on the SAT, as well as at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible.  Essay winners need to submit proof of the award.

Winning essayists will be invited to read their paper at the Ninth Annual Louisiana Studies Conference held at Northwestern State on Saturday Sept. 23.  The top three winning entries will also be published in the Louisiana Folklife Journal.  Submission of an entry to the Contest entails granting permission to publish the essay in the Louisiana Folklife Journal.  Entries may be subject to minor revision prior to publication. Additional information is available on the website for the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State,
The NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest is sponsored by Louisiana Folklife Center, the NSU Writing Project, the College of Arts, Sciences, Graduate Studies and Research, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Recruiting at Northwestern State.