Baltimore Ravens Black History Month Essay Contest

Baltimore Ravens Black History Month Essay Contest

Black History Month Essay Contest

Purpose: The Baltimore Ravens are proud to announce the 2021 Black History Month Essay Contest, which is open to all middle and high school students in Baltimore and its surrounding areas. The theme for this year's essay is "Celebrate, Motivate, Inspire" and students are encouraged to submit an essay between 250-500 words describing an African American in history, in your life or community, who is making or has made a positive impact on history and how they have inspired you personally.

Essays must be the author's original, unpublished work. The goal is to celebrate the contributions of African Americans in history and those who are making a difference in the Baltimore community today.

All entries are due on February 17, 2021 and four winners (two grand prize, two runner-ups) will be identified by February 26, 2021.

Details:

  • Essays should be between 250-500 words
  • Two divisions – Middle School (6th – 8th) and High School (9th – 12th)
  • One grand prize winner will be selected from each division
  • One runner-up winner will be selected from each division
  • Essays should be submitted as an attachment in the form below no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM

All documents should include:

  • Student's first name
  • School name
  • Current grade
  • Guardian's name
  • Guardian's e-mail

A panel of judges from the Baltimore Ravens will review the essays

Rules: The Panel will judge, and "score," each eligible entry by assigning a point value to each eligible entry for each of the following, respective criteria: (a) degree to which the student applied the theme of "Celebrate, Motivate, Inspire" (0-5 points); (b) degree to which the chosen subject has made a positive impact on history and/or their community (0-5 points); (c) degree to which the chosen subject has inspired or impacted the life of the student/author (0-5 points); and (d) the originality of the story (0-5 points).

Prizes:

Grand Prize (2 total: 1 High School, 1 Middle School Winner):

  • Four (4) tickets to a Ravens game in 2021
  • One (1) customized Ravens Jersey

Runner-Up (Two total: One High School, One Middle School Winner):

  • One (1) Autographed Football

All Submissions: All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion/Participation

Essay Entry Form

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