Cash for words: League essay contest challenges students on climate change

Somewhere in Plumas County a high school student is about to claim $250. Three others have $75 coming to them.

Those are the cash awards offered to students writing the winning essays in the annual contest hosted by the League of Women Voters of Plumas County. The deadline for entries is Nov. 20.

This year’s topic is climate change: Does it affect Plumas County? Is it human caused? What can we do about it?

Students from grades nine through 12 are eligible to compete for the $250 grand prize, and for up to three honorable mention awards worth $75 each. In selecting winners, judges will consider originality and theme development as well as clarity, writing style and manuscript appearance.

Named in honor of a long-time Plumas League member, the annual Nancy Lund Memorial Essay Contest is designed to engage students by stimulating interest in civic issues. This year’s topic was developed by local teachers and League members.

Entries can be submitted by mailing them to the League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 1815, Quincy, Ca 95971. They must be postmarked by Nov. 20.

Electronic entries can be submitted to[email protected]. Only attachments in Word format will be accepted; Word Perfect, Works, and other formats will not be accepted. Essays must be attached, not embedding in an email. The deadline for electronic entries is 5 p.m. November 20.

For questions or copies of the essay contest flyer, contact Lori Simpson at 530-283-0317 or Jane Braxton Little at 530-284-6516.