2021 Essay Contest for GDRHS Seniors

Topic: What is the significance of the iconic Old Groton Meeting House to the identity of our town and why does this building deserve preservation for future generations?

Eligibility: Seniors at GDRHS and Senior level homeschoolers

Deadline: Submit your essay by April 19, 2021

Prizes: Winners will be announced on May 27, 2021, at Senior Awards Night

  • $1500 – First Prize
    • Ring the Meeting House bell on July 4th, 2021!
    • Winning essay will be published in the Groton Herald!
  • $1000 – Second Prize
  • $500 – Third Prize

Format:

Essays evaluated by points awarded, up to 100:

  • Strong Thesis Statement: position on topic is clearly stated – 20 points
  • Evidence and Argumentsbuilds case logically and clearly, holds reader’s attention – 30 points
  • Conclusion: summarize thesis/position and its importance – 15 points
  • Creativity: original ideas, shows imagination and strong voice – 20 points
  • Writing Mechanics: proofread for grammar, sentence structure, spelling and punctuation – 15 points

Judges:

  • Deborah E. Johnson- Groton Herald Editor
  • Jason Kauppi- Town Moderator
  • Lynne Bover- Social Studies Department Chair, Acton Boxborough Junior High School (Retired)

Resources, located at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/stddgq41vyflb1h/Meetinghouse%20Essay%20Contest%20Resources.zip?dl=0

  • Timeline of the Meeting House (4 PDF files) by Michael Roberts
  • History of the Meeting House by David Gordon and Laura Moore
  • Essay about the Meeting House by Michael Roberts
  • Document about important people associated with the Meeting House
  • Document about Courts held in the Meeting House, late 18th Century
  • Script for the “Declaring Independence” performance at the Meeting House – TBA
  • Script for the “Patriot’s Path” performance at the Meeting House – 2019 

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Good Luck!

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