Damaging School Property Essay Contest

2018 Poster/Essay DUE DATE: March 8th

Essay Contest: For Elementary, Middle, Junior High, High School

2018 THEME: Learn a New Language!
Expand Your Mind...  Expand Your Heart...  Expand Your World!

  • Each entry must be an original work of a current foreign language student (including students enrolled in an ESL class) whose teacher is currently a MaFLA member.
  • No group entries will be accepted. LIMIT: 5 (FIVE) entries per school.
  • Teacher must submit the official entry form with their entries
  • Teachers are required to put the requested information on the back of the essay.
  • All entries become the property of MaFLA.
  • Essays must be written in English. Essays must state theme and content must be relevant to the theme
  • Teacher must scan and submit a completed copy of the official entry form, including the required item identification information, with each entry.
  • Essays must have a title, be typed/word processed (Times New Roman font at 12 points) and double spaced.
  • No identifying marks are allowed on the face of the entry.
  • If outside sources are used, they must be cited appropriately.
  • All entries must be scanned to pdf files and emailed to Stuart Gamble at the address below.

ESSAY LENGTH – By Division:

Grades K-5: Maximum of 150 words.
Grades 6-8: Maximum of 250 words
Grades 9-12: Maximum of 350 words

All essays become the property of MaFLA


  • One essay will be selected as Essay of the Year; author will receive a check for $50.00; The winning essay will be featured at the MaFLA Conference.
  • There will be only one winner per division. (grades K-4, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12) For the division producing the Essay of the Year no division award will be given).
  • Division winners for the essay contest will receive a check for $25.00. These awards may be presented by a MaFLA Board Member at the students school awards ceremony in the spring.
  • Several honorable mention essays will be selected and featured at the MaFLA Fall Conference.
  • All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. A letter of appreciation will be sent to all MaFLA members whose students participate in the contests. In addition, letters of appreciation will be sent to the principal and superintendent of participating schools.
  • Winners will be posted on mafla.org.
  • Certificates and acknowledgements will be sent out at a later date.

The Paideia Institute’s High School Essay Contest

For High School Students — Win a Trip to Rome or Greece!

The Paideia Institute is pleased to announce its third annual high school essay contest. We will publish the winning essays in In Medias Res, and the winners will receive a full scholarship to either the Paideia Institute’s Living Latin in Rome High School Program or Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece High School Program.

This year’s topic is:

Select one passage from a Classical author (please provide the Latin or Ancient Greek original AND an English translation of the passage) and explain why you think it is important for people today to read and consider.

If you wish to win the scholarship for the Rome program, please choose a Latin quotation; similarly, if you wish to win the scholarship for the Greece program, please choose an Ancient Greek quotation.

Essays are due on March 1, 2018, and should be between 500 and 1000 words. Please send all essays in .pdf format to inmediasres@paideia-institute.org. Submissions should include the student’s name, the name of their high school, their grade level, and the name of their Latin or Greek teacher. To win the scholarship, students need to meet the prerequisites for the intended program, please see the prerequisites here and here.

For an example of a previous winning essay, follow the link here.

UPDATE: This is not a translation contest: students do not need to translate the passage themselves. It is perfectly acceptable to use a published translation, or some other source. We ask for the original text to ensure that the passage in question actually is a Greek or Latin text (there are a lot of bogus quotations out there), and we ask for a translation to ensure that the essay writer knows the basic import of the passage.

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