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  • Students now have until midnight on Thursday, October 31, to submit their entries.
  • JIS has asked entrants to write a 400 to 500 word essay on the topic: ‘What Makes Our Jamaican Heritage Special?’
  • Entries should be submitted through the application forms, which can be found on the JIS website.

The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has extended the deadline for entries to the 2013 Heritage Essay Competition.

Students now have until midnight on Thursday, October 31, to submit their entries, which is a seven-day extension from the previous deadline of October 25.

The competition, which targets primary and preparatory school students age nine to 12 years, has been open since August 5 and the JIS has asked entrants to write a 400 to 500 word essay on the topic: ‘What Makes Our Jamaican Heritage Special?’  

Special Projects Officer at the JIS, Christine Ade-Gold, explained that the extension is to accommodate as many students as possible, especially those from rural Jamaica.

“We are receiving entries from across the island and we are happy for that. However, following our National Heritage Week school visits, the agency has been bombarded with requests from students, especially in rural Jamaica, who were learning about the competition for the first time, to extend the deadline until the end of October,” she said.

Entries should be submitted through the application forms, which can be found on the JIS website at www.jis.gov.jm.

Prizes include a weekend for four, tablet computers, Samsung camera phones, a printer, book vouchers, gift baskets, cash, and trophies.

Sponsors are Franklyn D. Resort, NCB Foundation, Digicel, Singer Jamaica Ltd., Grace Foods and Services Ltd., Lasco, Sangster’s Book Store, Royale Computers and Accessories, and WB Trophies.