For additional information, consult the project chairperson: Dr. Brian Stark, 1500 S 44th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506, (402) 202-8834, firstname.lastname@example.org
Informative writing is to allow youth to explore their interest in horticulture by researching a topic and then expressing their research findings in an original essay.
Creative writing is often defined as the writing of fiction, where the author creates events, scenes and characters, sometimes even a world. In reality, aside from instinctive utterances like the yelp of an injured child or a delighted 'Oh!', all expressions are creative.
Writing a poem is all about observing the world within or around you. A poem can be about anything, from gardening to the rusty gate at the old farm. Writing poetry can help you become more eloquent and improve your linguistic style.
Individuals ages 5-22 may participate in one of four age categories:
A. 5-9 year oldsIndividuals only; no teams.
B. 10-14 year olds
C. 15-18 year olds
D. 19-22 year olds (along with previous Grand National Award Winners)
Participants research and write a 3-4 page paper with at least 3-5 references (cited sources).
The following are only ideas; you may write about any horticultural subject that interests you:
Acceptable references include horticulture journals trade publications, text and reference books, encyclopedia, Cooperative Extension and USDA publications, plant society websites, etc. You may use the Internet to retrieve your source, but do not use Wikipedia or other sources that may be written or edited by people who are not experts in horticulture. Be sure to keep track of what information you get from which sources so that you can cite the sources in your paper.
Participants should write a 2-5 page story on a topic of their choice about a horticultural idea or story of their choice they would like to create. They can write about any area of horticulture that interests them. Ideas include but are not limited to:
Participants should write a poem on a topic of their choice that is horticultural related. It can rhyme, count syllables, or following any certain pattern. Ideas and famous poems to think about include:
Content and originality 55%
Form, grammar and punctuation 25%
Reference citations 20%
National Award Winners: One contestant may be chosen to receive a medal in each of the age categories. National Award Winners are eligible to return for competition the following year in the same division and age category.
Grand National Award Winner: One Grand National Award Winner will be chosen to receive a medal in the 15-18 and 19-22 age categories. A Grand National Award Winner in the 15-18 year old category may return the following year in the 19-22 year old category, even though he or she may not be 19 years old. Only Grand National winners in the 15-18 and 19-22 age categories may receive a cash award up to $100.00.
If there are no entries or entries are not of sufficient quality, an award may not be given.
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