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The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of several significant events in Virginia, and especially in Jamestown. These events had profound impacts on the shaping of American society, history and government. The James City County Historical Commission is observing these events by sponsoring an essay contest for Williamsburg-James City County high school students (grades 9-12). Students who reside in Williamsburg or James City County and attend a public or private school or are home-schooled are eligible to participate.The essay should be 1,000-1,500 words (4-6 pages, double-spaced) on one of the following topics:
The paper should include citations - footnotes or endnotes plus a bibliography. The footnotes/endnotes and bibliography will not be included in the total word count. The student should use the Chicago Manual of Style for citations. The cover page, which is not included in the total word count, should include the essay title; the student’s name, address, phone number and email address; the name of the student’s school (or “home-schooled”), and the total word count (not including the title page, footnotes/endnotes and bibliography). The first page of the essay should have the essay’s title at the top. Do not include the student’s name or other personal identifying information in the main body of the essay. Pages of the essay main body should be numbered.Scoring Rubric
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Award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 18, 2019. Winners will be invited to a public meeting of the James City County Board of Supervisors for an award presentation (date to be determined).