Student essay contest probes social issues

Local students who put their thinking caps on will soon have a chance to win $250, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Greenwich.

The club will sponsor an essay contest for students attending Greenwich public and independent schools in grades six to 12 who participate in Greenwich Reads Together (GRT). Two cash prizes of $250 will be awarded at a GRT event in two categories: grades six to eight and grades nine to 12.

The 2013 GRT essay question asks, “How does your reading of When the Emperor was Divine (or Eyes of the Emperor) affect your thinking about prejudice toward immigrants and other minorities in the United States today? In your response, you may want to consider other historical moments of scapegoating.”

Essays will be evaluated for clarity of expression, persuasiveness, and originality. Essays must be double-spaced, 1,000 words or less (exclusive of any citations) and submitted as a Word Document via e-mail on or before Wednesday, April 24 to [email protected]

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