Tell us your story, and you could win!
The 2014 Recycling Essay Contest is a program of the Department of Solid Waste Management and is open to all Frederick County students in grades K-12 (public, private or home school).
To be considered, submissions must address at least one of the following topics:
- Why we should recycle.
- Why recycling matters to me.
- How recycling is a positive part of our community.
- How recycling helps the environment.
- How recycling uses science and technology to work.
Entries must be submitted by March 28, 2014 (via fax, email or mail) and must be accompanied by an official entry form.
Essays will be assessed in four grade-level categories:
• grades K-2 ~ (25 -100 words per essay)
• grades 3-5 ~ (100 - 400 words per essay)
• grades 6-8 ~ (300 - 600 words per essay)
• grades 9-12 ~ (500 - 800 words per essay)
Contest winners will be publicly announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
Prizes: A total of six entrants will be awarded.
- All winning essays will be reprinted in the Frederick News Post on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
- In each of the four grade-level categories, one winner will be selected to receive a $50 award.
- Additionally, grand prize winners will be selected for elementary (K-5) and seconday (6-12) grade levels,
each to be awarded a $150 prize.
(Monetary prizes are funded through a grant from Waste Management Recycle America.)
› Plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited.
› Entries are limited to one (1) per student.
› Entrants must be residents of Frederick County.
› A completed “Official Entry Form” must be attached to each entry.
› Entries may be either typed or neatly handwritten. The student’s name is to appear at the top of each page.
› All entries become property of the Frederick County DSWM and may be edited, reproduced, published, distributed or used
for any purpose whatsoever, without limitation.
› Frederick County DSWM reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication, at their discretion.
Students will be judged in the following grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, with prizes awarded to each category. Essays will be judged by a panel of qualified representatives designated by DSWM. The decisions of the judges will be final. Judges will be looking for essays that demonstrate:
› Sound content (50%). This includes effectiveness, insightfulness, creativity, and completeness of discussion as well as an
overall comprehension of subject matter. Independent inquiry and critical thought are strongly encouraged.*
› Clear and well-constructed organization (25%). This includes clarity in writing style coupled with a logical development of
the ideas expressed. Each claim should be supported by concise and appropriate examples.
› Consistency in the use of language (25%). This includes demonstration of variety in sentence structure, a range of
vocabulary, and the use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
*PLEASE NOTE: Any entries that include inaccurate or unacknowledged information will be disqualified. If necessary, a
uniformly formatted works cited page or bibliography, may be included.
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