4:52 PM EST, February 7, 2011
All Maryland middle school students are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice.
The contest is open to all seventh- and eighth-grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students corresponding to the same grade levels. This is the 15th consecutive year the contest has been conducted.
Four cash prizes will be awarded: $350 for first place, $250 for second place, $150 for third place and $100 for fourth place. The winners will be honored at a special ceremony, although attendance is not required to receive an award.
To enter, students must submit an entry of no more than 1,200 words on this topic: "Assume you attend Anywhere Middle School. A group of your classmates has begun to pick on a new student, regularly engaging in jeers, taunts, insults and name-calling. The student is also often shoved and jostled. You do not like their behavior. You decide to ask several of your classmates to meet with you to discuss an action plan. What ideas would you put forth to try to stop the bullying?"
Entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including the student's name, address and phone number or e-mail address; school's name, address and phone number; and the name of the teacher sponsor if applicable.
Entries and accompanying materials must be postmarked no later than April 30 and mailed to Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403-3328.
For information, call 410-263-7409 or e-mail email@example.com.
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