Eligibility: All students in grades 6 through 12 attending school in Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry, or Spencer County are eligible to enter the 29th Annual Writing Contest sponsored by the Friends of Southern Hills and Southern Hills Counseling Center. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will participate in the Middle School Division and students in grades 9 through 12 will compete in the High School Division.
Subject: Drug use and addiction is a problem faced by many people in our local communities. One of the significant reasons for teenage drug use is peer pressure, particularly from social influences among friends, acquaintances, and in the community. As this is a concern for our youth as well as adults, it has become vitally important for everyone to take ownership to help stop the cycle.
Write a story from the perspective of a student who has observed another person of their own age being pressured to experiment with illegal drug use in their community. Write your story to include how someone responds with a positive intervention. How might you or another youth respond? What actions and choices can help to stop the cycle? This story may be fictional or based upon real life situations.
Entry Format: Entries must be at least 400-600 typed words, but no more than 4 pages in length; handwritten copies will not be accepted. Each entry must be accompanied by an Application and Permission for Publication Form (see link below). The Form may be copied or additional Forms may be obtained from the school principal or teacher, or the local Southern Hills office. The Application and Permission for Publication Form must be completed and stapled to the entry. Student name goes on the application page, not on the pages of your paper.
Deadline: The deadline for submitting an entry to this year’s contest is Friday, December 16, 2016. Student entries, stapled to the completed Application and Permission for Publication Form, may be given to your teacher or school principal to be sent to Southern Hills; or you may mail it directly to Becki Moorman, Southern Hills Counseling Center, P. O. Box 769, Jasper, IN 47547-0769. Entries must be received at the Jasper Southern Hills office by Friday, December 16, 2016.
Prizes: Winners will be announced in April, 2017. A $250 first place prize and a $125 second place prize will be awarded in each Division with $50 Honorable Mention Awards given for entries beyond 1st and 2nd place which merit recognition. Prizes will be awarded only if permission for publication is given by the winner’s parent or guardian (see the Application and Permission for Publication Form). The 1st and 2nd place entries will be posted on the Center’s web site. Additionally, if a teacher has one or more Honorable Mention Award winners, that teacher will receive a $25 check for their classroom. If they have a 2nd place winner they will receive $50 and if they have a first place winner they will receive $100 for their classroom.