2015 4H Essays

Sponsored by: The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.

2015 Essay Topic: "Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up"

Beekeeping has become difficult due to a lack of native plants for forage. In this essay, you will be required to discuss ways that habitats can be modified to become "bee friendly". Does your community allow roadsides and open land to grow wildflowers and encourage native planting of bee friendly plants?

Survey your community to see what is being done to help honeybees. Include your state in your survey to see if there is a wildflower planting program available or any other program that could aid the honey bee.

The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject 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" list.

Note that "honey bee" is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.

Rules Overview

Rules Overview:
(failure to meet any one of the requirements will result in a disqualification)

  • Students interested in writing an essay, should contact their local 4-H offices for contest details. The state selection must be done through the 4-H system.
  • Preparation for National Judging: Typewritten or computer- generated double-spaced, 12pt. Times or similar type style, on one side of white paper following standard manuscript format.
  • Must submit an essay, 750 to 1000 words, on the essay topic
  • Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research- 40%; (b) accuracy- 30%; (c) creativity- 10%; (d) cseness- 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic- 10%
  • All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.
  • A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including birthdate, gender, complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, must accompany the essay.
  • Each state may submit ONE entry only.
  • Deadline for National submission is: March 1, 2015.
  • Final judging and selection of the National Winner will be made by the Foundation's Essay Committee, whose decision is final.
  • National winners will be announced by May 1, 2015.
  • All National entries become the property of the Foundation and may be published or used as it sees fit. No essays will be returned.
  • Send the winning state entries with the subject title: "4-H State Winning Entry from XXX State" to : .

Eligibility:
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 eligibility; but other state winners are eligible to re-enter. Students must write on the designated subject only. There will be NO exceptions.

Awards:
First Prize: $750.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $250.00

The National winners' essays will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation's Newsletter.

*Each State Winner, including the National winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

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Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.
Regina K. Robuck, Executive Director
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Atlanta, GA 30305