Essay Contest High School Students 2012

Thank you for your interest in the International College Counselors Scholarship. 

OVERVIEW

All students in 9th through 11th grade are eligible to participate. An essay is required that answers the question:

Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?

Two winners will be selected:  One (1) from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County; and one (1) at large winner from anywhere in the world, domestic or international. Both winners will receive a $250 scholarship provided by International College Counselors. The goal of the International College Counselors High School Essay Contest is to increase awareness of the value of higher education among high school students in the local area.

ARRANGEMENTS AND RULES

Write an essay that addresses the following topic:

Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?

CRITERIA

  • 500 Word Essay
  • Current high school student (9th-11th Grade)
  • One submittal per contestant
  • Entries must be submitted via mail to:

International College Counselors: 3107 Stirling Road, Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

AWARD

There will be two awards of $250 Student Scholarships for winning essays.

Essay Deadline: March 30, 2018

OFFICIAL RULES AND GUIDELINESELIGIBILITY

  • International College Counselors Scholarship is open to all 9th-11th grade high school students. Two winners will be selected:  One (1) from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County; and one (1) at large winner from anywhere in the world, domestic or international. Home schooled students and International students are eligible. Winners will be notified the week of May 1, 2018.

PRIZES

  • Two winning essays will be selected, and winners will each receive a $250 International College Counselors scholarship payable to the winner or the college/university, certified trade school in the United States.
  • Winners names will be posted on the International College Counselors website: https://www.internationalcollegecounselors.com

TOPIC

  • Contestants must compose and submit an original essay in English of no longer than five hundred (500) words that addresses the following topic: Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?

SUBMISSION

  • MAIL SUBMISSIONS INSTRUCTIONS: Students MUST submit their essays via mail.   Entries must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2018. Entries that arrive after the entry deadline will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Each student may enter only one essay.
  • Each contestant must prepare his or her own essay.
  • Essays submitted must include contestant’s name, home address, telephone number, school the  student attends, grade level, title of the essay and a word count.

REGISTRATION

  • All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Official Student Registration Form available here
  • Scholarship Application Form
  • The entry form must be signed by the student’s legal guardian in the space provided.
  • Privacy of contestant information will be strictly safeguarded, will not be published (except to announce name and schools of winners), and will not be used for any purpose not strictly related to this essay contest.
  • Home-schooled and International students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a junior in high school.
  • It is not necessary for a student to have a sponsoring teacher in order to participate in this contest.
  • A copy of the two winning 1st place essays may be submitted to local newspapers for possible publication.

DEADLINE

  • All submissions must be post marked by March 30, 2018

JUDGING

  • Entries will be judged for the accuracy and relevance of content, originality, clarity, insight, and the quality of the writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.). The winners will be selected by the International College Counselors Essay Contest Judging Committee.  Decisions of the Judging Committee are final.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously and will not be returned to students. Each essay submitted must be the work of one student and may not be the collective work of more than one student. By submitting an essay, applicants certify that their essays are original, authored solely by them and that in writing their essay they did not plagiarize or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third parties.
  • Winners will be notified by mail, phone, and/or email.  We apologize in advance that we won’t be able to respond to everyone who is not selected as a finalist due to the number of entries we expect. We wholeheartedly appreciate your participation, and we wish we could let everyone know how much we liked his or her thoughts.

PRIVACY POLICY

General Policy

  • International College Counselors does not share personal information provided explicitly through this web site, or gathered implicitly via web server log files, with any other entity for any purpose whatsoever, with limited exception including announcing the winners of the annual International College Counselors Scholarship essay competition.

International College Counselors Scholarship Entrants

  • Personal information collected on the entry form is used by International College Counselors to properly classify the entry and, in the event the entry is awarded a prize, to contact the winner. Students must acknowledge that the International College Counselors may publish winning essays. Publication may occur on this web site or in an e-mail. International College Counselors will announce winners and post winning essays on this web site on the contest page. Winners will be identified on this web site by name, grade and school affiliation only. International College Counselors may notify a winner’s school and/or local newspaper of the student’s accomplishment.

EMAIL POLICY:

Emails from International College Counselors are free. Students and/or parents may discontinue receiving the newsletter at any time via the Contact Us form on this web site.

CONTACT US

Information provided through the Contact Us form is used by International College Counselors solely to respond to the inquiry.

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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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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