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City of Calistoga sponsors civics essay contest for teens

City of Calistoga sponsors civics essay contest for teens

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The City of Calistoga is sponsoring an essay contest for residents 18 years and younger, to encourage local participation in government.

Contestants are to submit an essay of 500-750 words addressing the topic of “how government can foster unity in a diverse community.” An example might be: How can I help the Calistoga City Council improve on diversity and inclusion efforts for all members of the community?

Winning essays will receive cash prizes of $800 for first place; $600 for second, $400 for third; and two Honorable Mentions at $250 each.

In addition to $600 approved by the city, anonymous donors have pledged to donate an additional $1,700 toward the contest for a total award amount of $2,300.

Contestants must have been born after May 18, 2003, and reside within the Calistoga Joint Unified School District boundary.

Essays should be typed and double-spaced. A separate cover page should be submitted with the author’s name, address, and birthdate. The winning essays will offer a main thesis effectively supported by ideas and examples. They will be well organized, free from errors in grammar, usage, and the conventions of written English.

Essays will be judged anonymously by Councilmembers Don Williams and Lisa Gift, together with three local volunteers — Stephanie Allen, Justen Stepka, and Linda Williamson.

The deadline to submit is 4 p.m. on April 16. The essays should be delivered to the City Clerk at 1232 Washington Street, Calistoga, CA 945 15, or submitted by email to rnrittburg@ci.calistoga.ca.us.

Winners will be announced at the City Council meeting on May 18.

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You can reach Cynthia Sweeney at 942-4035 or csweeney@weeklycalistogan.com.

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Cynthia Sweeney has been editor of The Weekly Calistogan since July, 2018. Previously, she was a reporter for the St. Helena Star, and North Bay Business Journal. She also spent a significant amount of time freelancing in Hawaii.

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