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Community Development Corporation sponsors essay contest: The Enduring Values

BERNE, Ind.-The Berne Community Development Corporation is sponsoring an autumn essay contest, "The Enduring Values." The contest is open to all area youth in kindergarten through the 12th grade, with prizes awarded to the top three winners in each of five divisions.

The contest is aimed at highlighting the values brought to Berne by the founding fathers, and should address how those values can be promoted through the Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower. The values are: faith, vision, hard work, freedom, hope, courage, opportunity and perseverance.

Students from area high schools, Amish schools and home schools are invited to participate. High school essays should pertain to one of two categories: history, either of Berne or of the Bern, Switzerland's clock tower; or, the present and future economic benefits of building the Berne clock tower. As many values as possible should be included, with a word count of 750 to 1,000 words.

Grade school and junior high essays do not need to be based specifically upon history or economics, but must include Berne's values. Junior high essays should be 300 to 500 words, and should address up to four values; fourth through sixth grade essays should be 150 to 250 words, with up to three values; second through third grade essays should be 25 to 75 words with two values; and kindergarten through first grade essays should be 10 to 25 words, and should address at least one value.

Contest judging will be based primarily upon originality of content, but spelling, grammar and organization of ideas will also be considered. Two identical copies of each essay must be submitted, with the name and address of the contestant included on one copy, but with no name or address on the second copy.

A panel of three judges will determine a first, second and third place winner in each division. The divisions and prizes are as follows:

Grade1st place2nd place3rd place
KG-Gr 1 $25 US Savings Bond $10 $wiss Bucks $5 $wiss Bucks
Grades 2-3 $25 US Savings Bond $10 $wiss Bucks $10 $wiss Bucks
Grades 4-6 $50 US Savings Bond $25 US Savings Bond $15 $wiss Bucks
Grades 7-8 $100 US Savings Bond $50 US Savings Bond $25 US Savings Bond
Grades 9-12 $100 US Savings Bond $50 US Savings Bond $25 US Savings Bond

First place essays will be read during the clock tower ground breaking ceremony at an upcoming Swiss Days festival.

Essays should be submitted to the office of the Berne Chamber of Commerce, 175 W. Main St., Berne, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005 in hard copy format-no disc or e-mail submissions please.

For a copy of the contest rules, visit the Berne Chamber of Commerce office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or inquire at one of the area schools.

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