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To celebrate National Forest Products Week (the 3rd full week in October) the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsors a statewide essay contest. Encourage students to enter the contest to learn more about Idaho’s forests, build vocabulary and work toward mastering Idaho Core Standards. Cash prizes for the winning writers and their classrooms!

2018 WINNERS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS

DivisionAwardStudentSchoolTeacher
K-2nd gradesFIRST PLACE

Myla Richardson
Essay

 

Priest River ElementaryMaKinzie Adamson
3rd-5th gradesFIRST PLACE

Adam Dreyer
Essay

Grangeville Elem -MiddleBernadette Edwards
3rd-5th gradesFIRST PLACE

Macy Dean
Essay

Farnsworth Elem, RigbySusanna Oberhansley
6th-8th gradesFIRST PLACE

Ryan Posey
Essay

New Plymouth MiddleRod Wilson
9th-12th gradesFIRST PLACE

Sadie Oesch
Essay

Caldwell HSJason Hunt
 K-2nd gradesHonorable MentionHalle Jacobson
Essay
Swan Valley Elem, IrwinBecky Vordermann
K-2nd gradesHonorable MentionTate Jacobson
Essay
Swan Valley Elem, IrwinBecky Vordermann
K-2nd gradesHonorable MentionSonora Lundquist
Essay
Swan Valley Elem, IrwinBecky Vordermann
K-2nd gradesHonorable MentionBranson Stokes
Essay
Priest River ElementaryMaKinzie Adamson
K-2nd gradesHonorable MentionCJ Ward
Essay
Selle Valley Carden School, SandpointMelissa Peck
K-2nd gradesHonorable MentionTaggert Zohner
Essay
Swan Valley Elem, IrwinBecky Vordermann
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionEnzo Bergamo
Essay
Beacon Christian School, LewistonTerry McGarvey
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionTaylor Burrows
Essay
Selle Valley Carden SchoolStacy Rief
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionBobbie Collinsworth
Essay
Timberline Elementary, WeippeCharity Richardson
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionNina Emry
Essay
Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities, Coeur d’AleneMoira DuCoeur
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionMaddison Harris
Essay
Grangeville Elem-MiddleBernadette Edwards
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionAmy McGarvey
Essay
Beacon Christian School, LewistonTerry McGarvey
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionRyan Montebon
Essay
Beacon Christian School, LewistonTerry McGarvey
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionPaige Rief
Essay
Selle Valley Carden School, SandpointStacy Rief
3rd-5th gradesHonorable MentionHalle Wyman
Essay
Selle Valley Carden School, SandpointStacy Rief
6th-8th gradesHonorable MentionMallory Lincoln
Essay
Melba Jr-Sr HSJeff Sessions
6th-8th gradesHonorable MentionCameron Vail
Essay
Melba Jr-Sr HSJeff Sessions
9th-12th gradesHonorable MentionCruz Flores
Essay
Caldwell HSJason Hunt
9th-12th gradesHonorable MentionCaid (CJ) Moore
Essay
Timberlake HS, Spirit LakeMichael Anderson

CONTEST GUIDELINES
Who may enter?

All K-12 students in Idaho are eligible for the contest.

What are the requirements?

  • Scroll down for the Background Statement, Writing Prompts and Scoring Criteria.
  • Each essay must include the student name, teacher name, email, grade, school name and town.
  • Teachers: Submit only the top five essays per class. If you send more than five per class, the judges are unable to review your essays. Please include a list of all students who complete an essay, so we may provide a Certificate of Participation for every student. Teachers with multiple sections of a class may send the top five essays per class section.

What are the prizes?

Each winning essayist receives a certificate and a cash prize (K-2 $25; 3rd-5th $50; 6th-8th $75; 9th-12th $100). Their classroom receives $100, and their teacher receives a voucher to attend a Project Learning Tree workshop, plus posters and other resources. There is a string attached: The winning essayist must help decide how the class spends its cash award! Honorable mentions are named at each level. Every student receives a Certificate of Participation.

When are the essays due?

Essay submissions must be emailed or postmarked by 11/2/18.

Where should the essays be sent?

Send your essays (top five per class) to:

Via EmailVia Mail
Send to: plt@idahoforests.org
In SUBJECT, include:
Essay Contest, Teacher Name, Grade
IFPC ESSAY CONTEST
350 N. 9th Street, #102
Boise, ID 83702

 

 

What if I have questions?

Email plt@idahoforests.org or call 208-334-4061.

Idaho Core Standards. Encourage students to access different types of informational texts and use evidence to support their reasoning. Researching and writing this essay provides an opportunity to work on vocabulary, syntax, and development and organization of ideas.

BACKGROUND STATEMENT

Forests and trees provide many things—clean air and water; beautiful places to play and relax; homes for birds, fish and other wildlife; carbon storage; energy savings and numerous products for people. One of the best things about trees is that they are a renewable resource. When trees are harvested, new ones grow or can be planted. With sustainable forestry practices, our forests can continue to provide their many benefits for generations to come.

WRITING PROMPT for Grades K-5

Think about your daily life. Write an essay to a general audience sharing how tree and forest products touch your life, and why they are important to you. You may choose to consider one forest product, or a variety of products. (K-2nd graders may use any media for their “essay.”)

WRITING PROMPT for Grades 6-12

Consider the merits of using wood versus other building materials. Write an essay to a general audience sharing your ideas, supported by your research, about whether using wood for building is a good choice environmentally and economically or not

Grade levels and essay length guidelines
9th-12th graders: Up to 500 words6th-8th graders: Up to 350 words
3rd-5th graders: Up to 250 wordsK-2nd graders: May use any media
Scoring CriteriaSubcategoriesMaximum points
Content accuracy
(35 points total)
Clearly relates to the topic.10
Is accurate and logical.15
Provides supporting details and/or examples.
If applicable, sources are cited.
10
Clear writing including grammar, spelling and punctuation.
(30 points total)
Grammar, spelling and punctuation is correct.15
Information is organized, neatly typed or written and has well constructed paragraphs.15
Originality
(25 points total)
Shows individual thinking skills.25
Overall likeability
(10 points)
Reader was engaged by the writing and wanted to continue reading the essay.10
Total
(100 points)
 100

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