"It's amazing. Some of them really do get into detail," laughed Besaw.
The essays are graded at the end of January by New York State Education Department consultants, based on the NYS Standards and Rubrics.
"We want the school system to encourage their students to participate and we figure if we do parallel learning experience, that they'd be more apt to use this as a classroom/extra credit project," said Besaw. "It's not conflicting with classroom philosophy; we're supporting it."
First place essay winners will also have their essay featured in the annual BOP commemoration booklet that comes out at the end of August.
Essays will also be archived at the BOPA museum for research, as they are historically correct.
If interested in participating in this year's BOPA essay contest, the deadline is this Thursday, Jan. 15. All entries are to be sent to: The Battle of Plattsburgh Association, 31 Washington Road, Plattsburgh N.Y. 12903.
For more information, contact Besaw at 314-6632.