Rotary Club Essay Contest:
Greenwich Rotary Club is sponsoring an essay contest for students attending Greenwich public and independent schools in Grades 6-12. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: 6-8 grades & 9-12 grades.
– High School: $350 cash prize for the winning essay, $150 cash prize for honorable mention.
– Middle School: $350 cash prize for the winning essay, $150 cash prize for honorable mention.
Winners will be honored at a special event on Wed, 11/14 in the Flinn Gallery.
The 2019 GRT Essay Question:
The quotations below represent key moments in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury and ‘Ban This Book’ by Alan Gratz. After reading one of the books, please write a response to the quotation and the book that explores themes of censorship, written i deas, access to literature, and/or rebellion vs. conformity. You may choose to analyze the novel, write from personal experience, or create fiction or poetry.
“Pick up that town, almost, and flip the pages, so many pages to a person. And when the war’s over, some day, some year, the books can be written again, the people will be called in, one by one, to recite what they know and we’ll set it up in type until another Dark Age, when we might have to do the whole damn thing over again. But that’s the wonderful thing about man; he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again, because he knows very well it is important and worth the doing.” (Fahrenheit 451 146-147)
“All the book challenges, the real ones, were because one person saw a book in a very different way than somebody else. Which was fine. Everybody had the right to interpret any book any way they wanted to. What they couldn’t do then was tell everybody else their interpretation was the only interpretation.” (Ban This Book 195)
Essays will be evaluated for clarity of expression, persuasiveness, originality, and connection with the GRT book. Essays must be double-spaced, 1,000 words or less (exclusive of any citations), and submitted as a Word or Google Document via email on or before October 29 to GRTcontest@gmail.com. Please include your name, grade, and school in the body of the email.