Tom Pettit Thanksgiving Essay Competition

October 16, 2012

The annual Pettit Thanksgiving Essay Competition is underway in Bermuda’s secondary schools. In its fifteenth milestone year, the contest aims to share the spirit of the American Thanksgiving by offering students the opportunity to reflect on a simple topic and showcase their writing talent in an essay, “Why I Am Thankful”.

The challenge is designed for students to consider the positive aspects of their lives and in 500 words or less write a compelling essay, in hopes of winning the first place prize, a $1,000 grant. Finalists receive $500 prize grants for writing excellence with each winner’s school receiving matching grants.

Since its inception in 1997, talented young writers and their schools have been awarded over $75,000 in prizes. All secondary school students in Bermuda are eligible to enter and full details are available at school head offices. Entries must be received by Thursday, 1st of November 2012 at 4.30 pm at the Rosedon Hotel, Pembroke.

The Premier Paula Cox will host the awards reception and announce the winners on Wednesday, 21st of November at Camden.

The panel of judges includes Nadia Arandjelovic, Royal Gazette Lifestyle Reporter; Raymond Hainey, Bermuda Sun Senior Reporter; educator, Florenz Maxwell and Senator Kim Wilson, Attorney General.

Generously supported by on-island companies providing monetary grants, the contest is named for the late Tom Pettit, an Emmy-award winning NBC TV correspondent who briefly lived in Bermuda.

It is organized through the registered charity, “The Pettit Grants” with its goal of inspiring tomorrow’s journalists. The board includes: former US Consul to Bermuda, Robert Farmer, Mervin Holland, Patricia Pettit, Muriel Richardson and Kim White.

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