Join Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. as we embrace the National Education Association’s (NEA) American Education Week by conducting our annual National Essay Contest. Our theme, What Role Does Social Media Have in Today’s Educational System, seeks to encourage students to think innovatively about how social media is having an impact on their educational experience. The student should examine how social media is used in today’s classrooms, good and bad. Does it serve as a positive avenue for information in the classroom? What types of social media is best for disseminating classroom information. Does it discriminate against students who have limited access to computers? Will it become a viable tool in the future or will it become just another failed fad?

The essay contest is open to all youth in middle school and high school. Each student will prepare his/her essay based on the theme. The chapter’s first place winner will be submitted to compete on a regional level to potentially receive national recognition and an additional monetary award.

Local Awards (Gamma Chapter – Washington, DC)
1st Place Local: $150.00
2nd Place Local: $75.00
3rd Place Local: $25.00

National Awards
1st Place National: $500.00
2nd Place National: $250.00
3rd Place National: $100.00

Guidelines:
• Essays must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 9, 2017
• Write no more than three double-spaced typewritten pages (about 500 words)
• Submit your essay on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white copy paper (one original and two copies)
• Submit a cover page or the following information on the first page: a heading showing the essay title, the
sponsoring chapter, the student’s name, age and grade.
• Complete & Sign FORM B: Essay Application and Declaration of Originality
• Mail all essays to: Antoinette Kitchen
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
P.O. Box 75985
Washington, DC 20013

Impartial judges will evaluate all essays. Each essay is evaluated on originality, introduction, content, clear
main idea, organization, neatness, grammar, mechanics, and conclusion. The decision of the judges is final.

Click Here to Submit an Essay