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The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta is calling for entries in its first "Making a Difference" essay contest. Contestants are asked to select one of the 100 Influential Georgia Muslims (influencer) and write about that individual, about his or her achievements, and how that influencer inspired the student to reach for his/her own personal and career goals. Submissions are now being accepted. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016. Essays can be submitted online or via email. Complete information can be found at here.
The 100 Influential Georgia Muslims, an initiative of the ISB, were recognized in 2014 for their significant contributions in diverse areas, both professional and personal, to their respective communities and as citizens of Georgia. The student will research these individuals and select one with whom the student shares an area of interest. and then write an essay detailing how the person researched can serve as an inspiration as the student thinks about his or her career goals. Students should select a teacher or, in the case of a home-schooled student, a parent or guardian who is responsible for instruction, to serve as sponsor to ensure the integrity of the essay.
Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, said, "We hope that, through this contest, we will put the 'real face' of a career with a student who thought it would never be appealing -- but finds out it is!"
Marlene Holland, a long-time educator and one of the essay judges, added that by advancing research and writing skills, a student may also expand his or her knowledge of career possibilities. "This is a unique learning experience to become inspired through the lives of these outstanding Muslim Georgians," Holland said.
A blind panel of judges will select the winning essays based on: clearly communicated ideas, and correct syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Three winners from middle schools and three winners from high schools will receive a monetary prize: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place. Finalists and winners will be notified by April 25, 2016.
For more information and complete details, email the ISB at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Making a Difference Essay Contest” with student’s first and last name in the subject line.