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KINGSTON — The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is inviting entries for its 2011 Heritage Month Essay Competition, which is open to students registered at the primary school level between the ages nine and 12 years old.

Entrants are being asked to write a 300 to 350 word essay on the topic: Who is your favourite National Hero? Explain.

The essay should discuss the traits that are considered to be good qualities in a National Hero or Heroine, and provide evidence to support the views presented. It should also state some of the unique activities and events that led to the recipient being conferred with the honour of National Hero.

Entries must be written in English, and must be completely original and typed double spaced in Tahoma 12 font.

Essays will be judged on the relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of the researched data, neatness, presentation, style and language skills. Entries must include a title page, bibliography or list of references (at least one of the references must be a JIS source), and diagrams/pictures where necessary.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three students, who will get the chance to participate in a photo shoot at the JIS. The photos and an accompanying news release will be posted on the website of the JIS, while the winning essays will be included in a booklet. Winners will also get the opportunity to read their essays on the JIS Television Programme School Zone.

Application forms, which can be found on the JIS website, should be emailed along with the essay to: heritageessay@jis.gov.jm by Friday, October 14, 2011.

The Jamaica Information Service reserves the right to disqualify any essay that does not meet the requirements specified in these instructions. Students will be penalised for plagiarism (passing off another person’s idea or written work as your own).

Relatives of JIS staff members are not eligible to participate in the Heritage Essay Competition.

Please ensure that you keep a copy of your essay.  The submitted essay becomes the property of the Jamaica Information Service.


For further information please contact:

Phillipia Phillips or Christine Ade-Gold


58 Half Way Tree-Road


926-3740-6 Ext. 2109, 2133


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