2006 4-H BEEKEEPING ESSAY
ANNOUNCEMENT AND RULES
Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees,
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First place: $250.00
Second place: $100.00
Third place: $50.00
Each state winner receives an appropriate book about honey
bees, beekeeping or honey.
For the 2006 essay contest, the essay topic is:
“Honey Bees in Art and Culture”
From the beginning of the relationship of honey bees and mankind,
honey bees have been woven into art and culture. Essayists should
examine the roles not only of honey bees, but also of honey and
beeswax in art and culture.
Good leads for your research include your school and public
libraries, local beekeepers, your county Extension agent, your
or state beekeepers association and the beekeeping professor at
your state's agricultural college. The ABF Web site (www.ABFnet.org)
has links to other beekeeping sites. The 2005 winning essays
also on ABFnet, as
are those from prior years.
The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting
for 40% of your score. The number of resources consulted, the authority
of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.
Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with bees
and beekeeping activities are valued sources of information and
should be documented. Sources which are not cited in the endnotes
should be listed in a "Resources" or "Bibliography"
Note that "honey bee" is properly spelled as two words,
even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as
2. Requirements (failure to meet any one disqualifies):
1. Contest is open to active 4-H club
members only. 4-H'ers who have previously placed first, second,
or third at the national level are not
eligible; other state winners are eligible to re-enter.
||Preparation for national judging: Typewritten or computer
generated, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times or similar type style,
on one side of white paper following standard manuscript format.
||Write on the designated subject only.
||All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style
||A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including sate
of birth, gender, complete mailing address, and telephone number
must accompany the essay.
||Length - the essay proper: 750 to 1,000 words.
||The word count does not include the endnotes, the bibliography
or references, not the essayist's biographical sketch.
3. Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research - 40%, (b) accuracy
- 30%, (c) creativity - 10%, (d) conciseness - 10%, and (e) logical
development of the topic - 10%.
4. Essayists should not forward essays
directly to the American Beekeeping Federation office. Each state
4-H office is responsible for selecting the state's winner and
should set its deadline so state judging can be completed in time
winning essay to be mailed to the ABF office before March 1, 2006.
Deadline for Tennessee entries to be received in the state 4-H
is February 1, 2006.
5. Each state may submit only one entry.
6. Final judging and selection of the national winner will be made
at the ABF's essay committee, whose decision will be final.
7. The national winner will be announced by May 1, 2006.
8. All national entries become the property of the Foundation
and may be published or used as it sees fit. No essay will be returned.