Eligibility: The contest is open to all college-bound, male high school Seniors in San Antonio Texas, and the surrounding areas.
Criteria: All contestants must write an essay answering the following question:
"HOW HAS SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACTED TODAY'S YOUTH, AND WHAT INFLUENCE DOES IT HAVE ON THEIR FUTURE?"
The essay must be original student work, neither previously published nor secured by copyright. The essay must be between 700 and 750 words in length.
The essay must be submitted electronically in either Word or PDF form.
Persons submitting manuscripts thereby grant to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the right to keep the manuscripts and to exercise full publishing rights to them. Awards will be announced on August 1, 2020, on the Psi Alpha Chapter webpage and by email. The decision of the judges will be final. The manuscripts must present an adequate treatment of the essay topic. Winners may be required to furnish written proof that they were enrolled in their respective high school at the time the essay was submitted. Awards will be submitted to each winner, upon written verification from an institution of higher education that the individual has enrolled. Actual enrollment (not just acceptance) is required. Awards must be claimed within 18 months after the announcement date to be valid.
The following information for the contestant must appear on the first page in this manner:
An Essay By:
Contest Name: Youth Leadership High School Essay Contest
RATING CRITERIA FOR ESSAYS
Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible pts.) The topic well developed (covers and develops major points, supplying enough information for understanding)
Progression: (20 possible pts.) Composition progresses from beginning to end in a logical flow of information
Readability: (25 possible pts.) Concise prose that sticks to the point and does not ramble (holds the reader’s attention)
Grammar: (15 possible pts.) Agreement of subject and verb; proper tense; correct sentence construction; paragraphing, including transitional phrases linking same
Spelling: (5 possible pts.)
Punctuation: (5 possible pts)