Buffalo Soldier Writing Contest
We want students to have fun learning at the Hall of Fame and enjoy putting their new found knowledge to use in a fun and creative way. On February 27 and 28, the Hall of Fame hosted a Living History Field Trip -Buffalo Soldier: An American Horseman. The students who attended are now eligible to enter the Buffalo Soldier Writing Contest. For this competition students in elementary, middle and high school will write a memoir of a Buffalo Soldier based off the information provided during the field trip. The writings will be judged by the Hall of Fame staff; in March we will select the best entries from an elementary, middle and high school student and award them $100 cash card and other prizes.
A complete set of rules, requirements and deadlines can be found near the bottom of his page. Register your students today for the Living History Field Trip and Buffalo Soldier Writing Contest!
Teachers can register their students for the Buffalo Soldier Writing Contest by downloading and filling out this form. Once it is complete it will need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 3, 2014.
Deadlines and important dates to remember
February 19 - Living History Field Trip Registration must be submitted no later than February 19
February 27 and 28 - Students must attend Living History Field Trip in order to participate in Buffalo Soldiers Writing Contest
March 3 - Buffalo Soldier Writing Contest registration must be submitted to Hall of Fame by March 3, 2014
March 21 - All writing contest entries must be emailed to the Hall of Fame. If mailed they must be postmarked before or no later than March 21.
April 4 - The Hall of Fame will contact and announce the winners for each division.
Writing Contest Awards
Awards will be given to a single entry in the following divisions: Elementary, Middle/Junior High and High School. Each division winner will be rewarded with the following:
$100 cash card
Entry will be posted on online exhibit of the Buffalo Soldier: An American Horseman
One day only Family pass (expires December 2014)
10% discount to Quarter Horse Outfitters
1. Student must have attended one 90 minute day session of the Living History Field Trip-Buffalo Soldier: An American Horseman on February 27 or 28.
2. DEADLINE for entries is March 21, 2014. Entries must be saved as a word document and then attached to an email and sent by midnight to email@example.com
3. Teachers may submit their class’s entries in one email, but they cannot be submitted all in one document of file. Each student’s entry will need to be a standalone Microsoft Word document, and only contain their work only. The file name should be named AQHBS SCHOOL NAME STUDENT NAME, Example: AQHBS_SANDERS MIDDLE_MELISSA LOFTIN.
4. ENTRIES should be typed in black Arial 12 point font. No colored fonts. All entries must place the following in the upper left corner of the first page:
a. School and Grade
c. Student Name
5. Entries must be double-spaced with 1" margins on all four sides. The title should be on the first page and centered. DO NOT include a separate title page. A title page would count as a page of your entry.
6. All entries must be written as a memoir, which consists of the following:
a. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of event/sand based on personal observation
b. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography
c. a written account in which someone describes past experiences that are usually based on personal knowledge of the subject
d. a story of a personal experience
e. must be written from first or third person (NO second person point of view)
7. Poetry will not be accepted.
8. Entries must have the appropriate word count for their grade level
a. Elementary Category Grades 3-5 grade word count of 250
b. Middle/Junior High School Category Grades 6-8 word count of 500
c. High School Category Grades 9-12 word count of 750
9. If, and ONLY if, a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student has absolutely no access to a computer, that student may submit a handwritten entry. (One of the purposes of this contest is to encourage students to write, thus this exception to the rules.) The handwriting must be legible. Whether or not an entry is legible will be at the judge’s discretion. If the entry is illegible, it will not be judged. All handwritten entries can be delivered to the museum during regular operating hours or mailed to the museum and postmarked no later than March 21, 2014. Please mail handwritten entries to:
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum
2601 I-40 East
Amarillo, TX 79104
Attn: Melissa Loftin
10. A student’s work will be judged:
a. on the creative use of facts to tell fictional memoir of a Buffalo Soldier and his partnership with the horse;
b. on information gathered while attending the Buffalo Soldiers Specialty field trip on February 27 or 28, 2014;
c. the word count requirement was met;
d. on use of correct grammar and punctuation.
11. Entries that are discovered to be plagiarized from the internet, white papers or other sources will be disqualified; and teachers will be notified.
12. If a division does not have a winning entry due to not meeting the requirements, no award will be given out.
Parents and Teachers: Reading a student’s entry and making suggestions is acceptable and encouraged.
However, corrections and rewrites are the student’s responsibility. If the student is comfortable with his entry, do not force changes or make them yourself. It is the student’s efforts that are being judged.