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The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has extended the deadline for the submission of entries for its 2012 Heritage Month Essay Competition to Friday,    October 26, at mid-night.

The competition is being hosted by the agency for the second time, and the topic for this year is: 'Fifty years later…Do we still need National Heroes?'. It  is open to students between age nine and 12, who are attending a primary or preparatory school.    Essays must be 400 to 500 words in length, and entries will be judged on relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of the researched data, neatness, presentation, style, and language skills.

Entries also must include a title page, and a bibliography or list of references. At least one reference must be a JIS source. Entrants are encouraged to read and follow the guidelines, which are available on the JIS website at www.jis.gov.jm. Essays must be e-mailed using the application form, which is also on the JIS website.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 students and include a weekend for four, a net book computer, printers, mp4 players, book vouchers, cash and trophies, among other items.

The competition is sponsored by FDR Resort, LIME, Sangster's Bookstore, Royale Computers and Accessories, Innovative Corporate Solutions, and WB Trophies.