Roots of Oconee County: Essay Contest for High School Seniors

posted in: Updates | 0

History is made up of people and the things that they do. This may seem like an obvious statement, but often we can forget that there were real people with real lives that constitute the stories we love to hear today. Politicians such as George Washington, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor are just a couple of Americans who made dramatic impacts that have helped shape the framework of our great nation. While these two people have stories that reflect impact and history on a national level, there are important and significant historical personalities to be found right here in Oconee County.

The Essay Contest

Research is a surefire key to learning more about anything. So open up a book, log on to a website and start asking questions about historical persons in Oconee County. The purpose of this essay is to read about someone that stands out to you, someone that you feel has made a significant impact on how our wonderful Oconee County has grown over the years.

Essay Contest Instructions

Once you have decided who you wish to write about, compose an essay of approximately five to six pages, 12 point Times New Roman font. Be sure to include why you feel this person is historically significant and how they have impacted Oconee County. Citations should be done in MLA format, and should include a bibliography. Your Essay should also include the following information: Name, School you attend, contact phone number and email address. Please submit your completed essay to


The deadline for submissions is May 3, 2016. Winners of the essay contest will be announced on May 17, 2016. Winning submissions will also be published on the Oconee Heritage Center website.

Runner up essay shall be awarded a cash prize of $50 dollars.

The first place essay shall be awarded a cash prize of $100 dollars.