2012-09-21 / Community

Students encouraged to enter contest

From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest extends from September 15 to June 15, 2013. It is an opportunity for high school teachers and home school instructors to challenge their students to explore real-world threats to the marine life of the Gulf of Maine. Contest information can be found at www.fromthebowseat.org/.

The rewards are more than academic. Winning essays can earn students $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $500 for third place. The high school science department of the first-place essayist also receives $2,500. Those teachers who have more than six students who enter the contest may register as “on-board teachers.” One teacher will win a full scholarship to attend The Island School Teacher Conference in the Bahamas in August 2013. More information at http://www.fromthebowseat.org/contest/onboard.php.

The essay contest is an educational complement to From the Bow Seat, a 64- minute documentary about environmental issues that impact the Gulf of Maine. The film, which can be downloaded directly from the website, features interviews of scientists and fishermen conducted by a mother and her teenage daughters.

Students may choose between two essay questions, or submit one of their own choosing for prior approval.

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