Mwanamugimu Essay Contest

WHAT IS MWANAMUGIMU?

  • The Mwanamugimu (Wah-nah-moo-gee-moo) Project is an essay contest.

  • Its goal is to provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of the historical and contemporary development of Africa.

  • This year’s theme is, “The Time is NOW! Developing Leaders for Local and Global Impact”.

WHAT IS THE PRIZE?

  • 1st place will receive $200, with 2nd place will receive $100 and 3rd place will receive $50.

  • The winners will be announced on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and winning essays will be showcased on our website (with permission from the author).

  • The 1st place essay will be entered into our Regional competition for the chance to win additional prizes and recognition!

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?

Essays are due by February  6th, 2017 11:59pm and should be submitted via email to mwanamugimuessaycontest@sgrhozts.org

WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES?

  • Students must be in high school in the Prince George’s County area to be eligible.

  • The essay must be researched and written by the student submitting the essay.

  • The essay’s body should be 6 to 7 pages in length for high school students, typed with double line spacing.

  • The cover page should include:

    • Title of the essay

    • Student’s name and home address

    • Name of student’s school and location

    • Name of school principal

    • Student’s grade

    • Name of sponsoring chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

    • Name of sponsoring chapter’s essay contest chairperson

    • Region where chapter is located

  • The essay must include an outline.

  • The essay must include one to three graphics/images or a table/chart (with captions) related to the essay’s topic. These can be placed within the body of the essay or at the end of the essay.

  • Students should use at least three types of the following sources

    • Hardcopy books

    • Magazines/other periodicals

    • eBooks

    • Websites

  • The essay must have a bibliography to include at least five references using MLA format. (Please do not use Wikipedia)

  • References should be placed as end notes (not at bottom of page)

WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?

  • Content – clearly focused with relevant, attention grabbing details and ideas

  • Organization – strong, beginning, middle, and end with clear transitions

  • Vocabulary – effective and engaging choice of words

  • Voice – distinct, unique point of view

  • Sentence Fluency – variety of sentence structure

  • Conventions – consistent agreements in parts of speech

WHAT ARE THE TOPICS?

​These topics were designed to engage youth so that the research process is interesting, and to provide insight to help prevent or solve global and/or local issues. Students may choose one of the following topics:

  • During a primary election, there is a popular vote and the electoral college. The electoral college determines the President of the united States. Discuss the origins of the electoral and determine if this practice should continue. Consider and compare the democratic process of any country.
  • Is using social media a valid way to protest or raise awareness about an issue?

HOW DO I ENTER?

  • All essays should be submitted by 11:59 PM, February 6th, 2017.

  • Our skilled judges will review the works and the winners will be announced on February 10, 2017.

  • Essays submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Email your final masterpiece to MwanamugimuEssayContest@sgrhozts.org no later than February 6th, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

  • Be sure to review the Essay Submission Checklist to make sure that your essay is complete and properly formatted.

  • There is no application fee, entering this contest is absolutely free!

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

Email MwanamugimuEssayContest@sgrhozts.org with any questions and we would be happy to help! Also check out the following resources: