Contest asks students to write essays about women

January 28, 2008

The Washington County Commission For Women is holding its 12th annual Claire Mumma Essay Contest.

The contest, held in honor of Women's History Month, is open to Washington County students in grades eight through 12, including those in public and private schools and those who are home-schooled.

The students are asked to write essays on the woman they most admire in politics, and explain why they made the choice they did, as well as describing her life and accomplishments.

Organizers say the essays should include why the writer admires the woman selected and what about the woman the student most wishes to emulate.


Entries must be received by Friday at 3 p.m.

Organizers say students may send their essays to: Essay Contest, Washington County Commission for Women, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Entries also may be e-mailed to

Essays must be 500 to 2,000 words in length, typed and in essay form.

Each submission must list the student's name, school, grade, teacher, principal, and the student's home address and phone number.

The winning essays will receive monetary prizes.

The first-place winner will receive $300; second prize is $200; third prize is $100; and honorable mention will receive $50.

Winning essays will be announced during an awards reception on March 14. Winners will be notified in advance and should plan to attend the reception to receive their award and recognition.

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