American-Italian contributions to the United States and the World

The Greater Baton Rouge American-Italian Association announces an essay contest for 5th and 6th grade students in the Greater Baton Rouge area. 

Contest Rules

Write a short essay (500-1000 words) explaining how the person you chose contributed to the advancement of knowledge or improvement of life in the United States or the world in the 20th and 21st century.

THE PRIZES FOR THE 5TH AND 6TH GRADE WINNERS OF THE CONTEST WILL BE $100 FOR 1ST PLACE, $50 FOR 2ND PLACE AND $25 FOR 3RD PLACE; EACH 1ST PLACE WINNER’S SCHOOL WILL ALSO RECEIVE $100. 

Type your essay and fill out the entry form here: CONTEST ENTRY FORM, and mail them to:

M.B. Atkinson
744 Castle Kirk Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Please attach a Cover Sheet to the front of your essay with your full given name, submission date and the name of your school and section teacher. Please do not write your name on the essay – only on your cover sheet

All entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

The winners of the contest will be  announced in May and the prizes will be awarded at the Italian Festa on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

 

Essay Criteria

 

The essay will be about one of the persons listed:  Joan Bonvicini,  Mary Lou Retton (Rotunda),  Rocky Marciano, Joe Di Maggio, Amadeo Peter Giannini, Lee Iacocca, Patricia Fiorello Russo, and Leonard Riggio.

After selecting one of the persons and entering your submission, each essay will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clarity
  • Historical accuracy
  • Good grammar
  • A natural style
  • What is the particular contribution of the person you choose?
  • What makes him/her very important?
  • Describe how this person could be a role model in your life.

The Biographies

The biographies below provide a short summary of the life and accomplishments of American Italians in a variety of industries. For your essay, we ask that you do extra research of your own to learn more.