Posted October 9, 2012
In preparation for Veterans Day
Celebration on November 7, the North Colonie Central School
District will conduct a writing contest focusing on the
significance of Veterans Day and what making the most of our
freedom means to individual students.
The contest will run from Friday, October 5 -
Friday, October 26, and is open to students in each of the
district's eight schools. Awards will be given to the top winners
for each category (K-2, 3-6, 7-8, and 9-12). In addition,
certificates will be given to runners-up for each category (second
and third place).
Each writing piece must adhere
to the topic
“Heroes” and should fully respond to the following respective
Create a postcard or greeting card for a veteran
and/or a soldier serving overseas and express your definition of
what it takes to be a hero
Create a poem based on the theme of heroism,
courage and patriotism
Create an original artistic rendering on
heroism, courage and patriotism
Using the context of the following quote from
Ralph Waldo Emerson below, write a 200 word response to the
question: “What active duty military member of the armed services or
veteran has made a difference in your life or community?” The story
need not be limited to military service and can also include
veterans who have gone on to serve their communities. The focus
should be on the personal story.
“…The characteristic of genuine heroism is
its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of
generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by
yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the
world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic. A
hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five
– Ralph Waldo Emerson.
All writing pieces must be submitted to Mr.
Weaver, Shaker High School, Social Studies Department
by the end of school on Friday, October 26, 2012.
Winners will be announced on November 7, 2012 at
the District’s Annual Veterans Day Celebration.
Click here to view the complete list of the contest's rules