The QBO English writing contest
THE QBO ENGLISH WRITING CONTEST
The QBO (http://quangbinhonline.com) is an online community of young people who love Quang Binh and want to contribute to the development of this poor land. It has successfully carried out several wonderful projects with huge impact to the province, such as Books for the White Sand Land and Merit Scholarships for Needy Students.
Nowadays, English has become more and more important not only in the academic world but also in professional activities. It has always been considered as a fundamental subject in every university. Performance in English contributes substantially to students' average scores and affects their scholarship opportunities, especially for those who want to study abroad. English is the main scientific language which opens the door to the immense world of human knowledge. Many universities in our country are currently cooperating with foreign universities in order to improve the quality of their education. Fluent in English is the basic requirement to be admitted and to perform well in such universities. Moreover, due to the country's recent open policy to worldwide business, English is - now more than ever - the key to a successful professional career. Almost all high-paid and desired positions require proficiency in English.
Unfortunately, many Quang Binh young people fail badly in their academic and professional endeavors due to their poor English skills. Acknowledging this sad reality, QBO is now finding ways to make a change. The QBO English Writing Contest is created in this spirit.
The goal and the spirit of the contest
The contestís emphasis is to motivate young people to study English enthusiastically and not to compete merely for prizes.
Prizes are only considered as a small encouragement to the participants. We will judge each essay fairly and objectively in order to guarantee a successful contest.
The contest is organized by the QBO with sponsorship from the Vietnamese International Student Association (VISA) at Texas A&M University, U.S.
The organizers are looking for the sponsorships from other domestic and international organizations in order to enhance the credibility and financial capability for the contest.
We now welcome all Quang Binh people 22 years old or younger (born after 12/31/1985) to join this contest.
Schedule and content of the contest:
The contest will take place from March 26th† to May 30th† with two rounds according to the following schedule:
The first round: This round will consist of a personal introduction essay. The purpose of this round is to test the contestant's basic English† capability.† Time for submission is between 3/26 and 4/20/2008.
The second round: This round will consist of an essay on a topic chosen by the organizers. This round will test the contestantís ability to write a good essay in English. Time for submission is between 4/20 and 5/15/2008.
Result announcement: The final result will be announced by May 30th on the forum of QBO and via emails to all contestants.
How to participate:
If you would like to participate in the competition, you may enter the first round by sending an introduction about yourself to the email address email@example.com.† The introduction can be either attached as a Microsoft Word file or directly written in the email. Submissions for the first round are due by† April 20th.† You can improve the quality of your submission by reading posts for instructions on the forum http://www.quangbinhonline.com/contestants.
Those who pass the first round will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions to write an essay to compete in the second round. Each essay competing in the second round will receive suggestions for (optional) improvements from the judges, or in some special cases, from the academic advisor of the contest. The completed essays will be posted on the QBO forum in order to ensure an interactive and objective contest. The author can either choose his/her real name or nickname for his/her essay.† Submissions for the second round are due by† May 15th, 2008.
Each contestant has three chances to submit his/her work for each round. The contestant will be judged based on his/her best submission.
The contestant can use any auxiliary tools (such as a dictionary or English grammar books) in composing the essays but he/she has to use his/her own ideas and writing.
If the contestant uses one or more sentence(s) from any other work, he/she has to cite it at the end of the submission. Plagiarism is completely unacceptable in this contest.
The committee will chose three winners from the second round for prizes as follows:
One first prize: $100 or a gift with equivalent value, and a certificate from QBO.
One second prize: $50 or a gift with equivalent value, and a certificate from QBO.
†One third prize: $30 or a gift with equivalent value, and a certificate from QBO.
All the contestants competing in the second round will receive a certificate from QBO. The certificate will not only be useful for the contestantís application for the QBO Merit Scholarship for Needy Students but also can be used as a proof for his/her proficiency in English and extracurricular activities.
If you are a Quang Binh person of 22 years of age or younger, please don't miss this wonderful chance to prepare for your future.
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