In 2003 SU SIFE conducted our first essay contest with the theme of entrepreneurship. We received four entries, and continued the contest the next year, doubling our entries to eight.
In the contest's third year we decided to shift topics for the contest and focused on business ethics instead. In an effort to expand the contest, we distributed flyers and bookmarks to over 200 schools in 7 surrounding counties. We also tied the judging criteria to PSSA standards so that teachers could incorporate our contest into their curriculum.
We received 278 entries in total and awarded savings bonds to the winners during an awards ceremony held at SU. In its fourth year, the contest again grew to 296 entries. We incorporated teacher evaluation sheets into the project that provided positive feedback on the impact our contest had in their classrooms. Teachers told us about classroom discussion that was generated because of our age appropriate prompts and praised our awards ceremony where parents, teachers, and students were able to join us to congratulate the winners.
The 2009 fall essay contest was the most successful yet. We received over 400 entries and found ourselves very busy reading over each essay. Three winners were chosen from each age group and the 1st place winners received a savings bong along with SU gear provided by the campus bookstore. Every teacher's involvement in our contest was also recognized and rewarded because with out their help this would not be possible.
We are very excited about the potential for this year's seventh annual contest. The committe is anxiously awaiting the entires so the reviewing process can take place. We hope to have the winners chosen by early November. Every student who entered an essay will receive a participation certificate, and the winners will be invited to SU's campus for an awards ceremony on Saturday, December 4th at 2 p.m. in Apfelbaum Hall, Room 319. At the ceremony, the winners will read their essays and receive a prize for their hard work. We also encourage teachers, friends, and families of the winners to attend the ceremony.
If you or someone you know would like further information or the necessary entry sheets, please contact Kati Frantz at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to another successful contest!