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BOPA hosting annual essay contest

PLATTSBURGH - The Battle of Plattsburgh Association and the Key Foundation, in cooperation with the North Country Teacher Resource Center, are sponsoring an essay contest to explore local history and this critical battle of the War of 1812. The contest is open to students in grades 4-12. Prizes will be awarded in each of three grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each grade level will be awarded three prizes as follows: 1st prize - $200; 2nd prize - $100; and 3rd prize - $50.

All entries must be submitted to the Battle of Plattsburgh Association between Feb. 28 and April 15. They can be dropped off or mailed to: Battle of Plattsburgh Association, 31 Washington Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12903 or NCTRC Room 320 Sibley Hall 101 Broad St. Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

The following guidelines should be used for your entry:

•Do not put your name, grade, or school on the essay. Identifying information should only be on the submission form. This allows for impartial judging.

•Submissions should be easily read. It is strongly recommended that you type your entry using a 12-point font, single spaced. Hand written entries are accepted.

•Adhere to the contest directions. Entries not following the directions will not be considered for prizes.

Winners will be notified by April 29, and the awards reception is scheduled for May 14. The scoring scale used by the judges is based on the New York State Standards and will reflect the scoring rubrics used for Social Studies and ELA assessments.

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