Feb 4, 2012

One More Essay Contest

Time is running out on the 16th annual “Pasta Tales Essay Contest” sponsored by none other than your neighborhood Olive Garden restaurant.

And not much is required beyond some knowledge of educational programs in your local community and an essay of no more than 250 words answering the question, “If you were given $5,000 to support education in your local community, how would you use it and why?”

Entries may be submitted online and must be received by no later than Sunday, February 5, 2012. It’s just that easy.

The grand prize winner will receive a three-day trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. In addition, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to support education in the winner’s community, bringing the essay “to life.”

Twelve “first-place” prizes will also be awarded in each grade category and include a $500 savings bond as well as dinner for four at the Olive Garden restaurant nearest to home.

Essays will be judged on creativity, adherence to theme, organization,Linkgrammar, punctuation, and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa.

For seniors who have been cranking out essays on a variety of similarly challenging topics, this should be a piece of cake. And keep in mind that a win isn’t always about the money.

For more information or to enter the contest, visit the Olive Garden website.

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