Requirements

 Requirements – All Divisions:
- Participating students must be sponsored by a teacher who prepares the contest registration materials and submits the essay according to contest rules.
- Only one essay will be accepted per student.
- Essays must be written by one student.  No group submissions will be accepted.
- Essays must be researched and developed during the 2008-2009 academic year.
- All essays must be original work.  Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
- Essays must be typewritten with 1-inch margins on single-sided plain, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
- Text must be double-spaced and use a standard font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.) that is no smaller than 10-point.
- Papers must include a separate cover sheet that includes ONLY the following information: title of the paper, division of the entry (elementary, junior, or senior).
- Student information, including name, school, or city, should not appear on the title page in order to ensure that our judging is completely anonymous.
- Papers should be stapled in the upper right corner and should not be enclosed in a cover, folder, or binder.

Requirements - Elementary Division:
- Fourth and fifth grade students are asked to write an essay based on this topic: “Choose a person from the colony of New Netherland and describe how and why his/her actions have helped make our country a better place today.”
- Essay topics should reflect one of the three broad themes: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, or New York as a center of world trade.
- Entries must meet all requirements listed for all divisions.
- Essay length is between 500-1,500 words (2-4 pages).
- Essay format can be a narrative story or a research report, but all facts and information must be historically accurate.  
- Essays can be written in the first or third person, and must clearly express the point of view of the author.
- Students must include a minimum of five books or articles that they consulted in a bibliography.

Requirements - Junior Division:
- Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are asked to write an essay based on this topic: “Discuss why early settlements in New Netherland were a success, and how they contributed to our current way of life”
- Essay topics should reflect one of the three broad themes: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, or New York as a center of world trade.
- Entries must meet all requirements listed for all divisions.
- Essay length must be between 1,500 and 2,500 words (6-10 pages).
- Essay format is limited to a traditional research paper, written in the third person only.
- Essays must include proper citations – as footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical references – in the style of Turabian or MLA only.
- Essays must rely on research in primary and secondary sources.
- Students must provide an annotated bibliography that lists all the resources that contributed to the development of the essay.
- Students must divide their bibliography into two sections: primary sources and secondary sources.
- Students may use research for this essay contest in the development and creation of a National History Day project, and vice versa.  Please visit http://www.nhd.org or http://www.nyshistoryday.org for more information on the National History Day program.

Requirements - Senior Division:
- Ninth through twelfth grade students are asked to write an essay based on this topic: “Choose one of the three Dutch traditions – religious tolerance, freedom of speech, or New York as a center of world trade – and discuss how it has impacted our American society from colonial times to the present.  Pay particular attention to the tradition’s change over the last four centuries and how it has been adapted to fit the fabric of our nation today.”
- Entries must meet all requirements listed for all divisions.
- Essay length must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words (8-12 pages).
- Essay format is limited to a traditional research paper, written in the third person only.
- Essays must include proper citations – as footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical references – in the style of Turabian or MLA only.
- Essays must rely on research in primary and secondary sources.
- Students must provide an annotated bibliography that lists all the resources that contributed to the development of the essay.
- Students must divide their bibliography into two sections: primary sources and secondary sources.
- Students may use research for this essay contest in the development and creation of a National History Day project, and vice versa.  Please visit http://www.nhd.org or http://www.nyshistoryday.org for more information on the National History Day program.

Questions? Please contact the Office of Statewide Programs at 607-547-1534 or statwideprograms@nysha.org.

 

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