Essay Contest for Secondary Students

Deadline: February 1

ORA is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades 9 - 12. This year's theme is

"My Life as a Reader"

Students may determine the specific content of the essay but should include why the significance reading has had in their lives.

Essays will be judged in two divisions: 9th - 10th grade and 11th - 12th grade. 

First-place winners will receive $100.
Second-place winners will receive $75.
Third-place winners will receive $50. 

Winning essays will be published on the ORA website. Teachers of the winning students will receive certificates of recognition.

Who May Enter:
Students in grades 9 to 12.  Each teacher may submit a maximum of five (5) entries.

Format and Length:
500 to 750 words, typed, double-spaced, NO student name on essay.

Information and Entry Form

Send entries to:


Vickie Hinkle
Mid-America Christian University
3500 S.W. 119th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
405-692-3148 (W)
405-550-2384(Cell)



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