Strong Men & Women in Virginia History
2014 Student Writing Contest Winners
High school students in Virginia are invited to honor outstanding African Americans by participating in Dominion Virginia Power and Library of Virginia's Strong Men & Women in Virginia History student writing contest. Four winning essays will be chosen, one from each of the four regions in Virginia that Dominion Virginia Power serves.
One of this year's honorees is John Mitchell Jr. (1863-1929), editor of the influential African American newspaper The Richmond Planet. As editor, he fought against racism and for African-American advancement in politics, business, and education.
- Entries must be submitted online by the deadline of Friday, November 8, 2013.
- Each entrant must be a high school student at a public or private high school in one of Dominion Virginia Power's four regional service areas in Virginia. Homeschoolers may also apply; the $1,000 school award can be applied to a homeschooler association if the winner's family has an active, dues-paying membership.
- No entry may be longer than 400 words.
- All entries must be original works that have not been published or submitted for publication anywhere else.
- Entries become the property of the Library of Virginia and will not be returned.
- No purchase necessary to enter or win.
- The Library of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power reserve the right to use the winners' names and entries for promotional purposes in all forms of media without notice, review, approval, or compensation, except where prohibited by law.
- Judging decisions are final.
- Deadline for entries is November 8, 2013.
- Winners will be notified by December 9, 2013.
- Winning essays posted to both the Library of Virginia (www.lva.virginia.gov/smw) and Dominion (www.dom.com, keyword "strong") websites by December 16, 2013.
- Awards ceremony will be held in Richmond on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
- Winning students will receive an HP Pavilion laptop computer.
- Winning students' schools will receive a cash award of $1,000 at the award ceremony in January. Each winner and a school representative must attend the ceremony to receive their awards. Virginia Power will provide overnight accommodations for out-of-town winners.
- Arrangements will be made with the winning schools for the student and a school representative to attend the January ceremony in Richmond to receive the awards.
Reflection of careful and thorough thought
Prompt answered and main idea clearly represented
Relevant, quality details about important thoughts and concepts
Essay flows well and shows good word choice and diction
Correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation; entry does not exceed 400 words