This is a huge contest and it received nearly 320,000 entries in 29 categories across writing and the arts in 2016.
Of those entries, 85,000 were recognized at the regional level and 2,500 received national medals.
The theme changes each year, but it always relates to the connection between humans and the ocean.
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About: Hosted by the College Board in collaboration with the publication The Atlantic, the focus of this annual contest changes each year “to align with the introduction of a newly redesigned AP course and exam.” About: Hosted annually by the National Council of Teachers of English, these awards seek to “encourage high school students in their writing and to publicly recognize some of the best student writers.” Prizes: Students judged as having superior writing skills receive a certificate and a letter. In 2016, 533 high school juniors were nominated, and of them, 264 received Certificates for Superior Writing.
Regional Gold Key winners are then evaluated for national honors that include Gold and Silver Medals or the American Visions and Voices Medal, which serves as a “Best in Show” award for each region.
National award winners are invited to a National Ceremony and celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
How can you show that this skill is something you pursue as an extracurricular activity outside of regular school hours?
Winning a writing contest does much more than simply look good on your college application.