Oca-Kfc National Essay Contest

Who can enter the Essay Writing Contest?

Candidates must reside within the Greater Sacramento Metropolitan Area: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, Yuba, Sutter, El Dorado, and San Joaquin counties. Applicants must meet age requirements between 5 to 18 years of age.

Divisions & Prizes:  First
Runner Up  
Second
Runner Up  
1st Division: Ages 5-8    $200 
$100  
2nd Division: Ages 9-12$300$150  
3rd Division: Ages 13-15$400
$200   
4th Division: Ages 16-18$500    $250
5th Division Ages 19-22    $750               $500           
Third Runner Up for 5th Division - $250

Essay Writing Contest Rules: 

TOPIC: "How does OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates benefit the community? What can you do to help OCA with this effort?"

 For 5 to 8 Years of Age: 

Submit an essay writing of 100 words and a maximum of 125 on the topic.

 For 9 to 12 Years of Age: 

Submit an essay writing of 200 words and a maximum of 225 on the topic.

 For 13 to 15 Years of Age: 

Submit an essay writing of 300 words and a maximum of 325 on the topic.

 For 16 to 18 Years of Age: 

Submit an essay writing of 500 words and maximum of 550 on the topic.

 For 19 to 22 Years of Age:
Submit an essay writing of 1000 words and a maximum of 1100 on the topic.

 All candidates must submit the essay writing in English language (handwritten or type)

 Candidates must write their name, age, and contact number (mailing address, email, and phone number) on the upper right hand corner of your paper. (Info will only be used for the purpose of announcing winners or just verification). Include your parents name for ages 5 to 8 years old. 5th Division open only to full time enrolled college students ages 19 to 22. Parents of the students are encouraged to attend the Dragon Boat Festival Event. 

National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest (NPSREC)

This contest, established in 1999 by ACTR, has become a signature Russian language contest for post-secondary students around the country. ​Students taking Russian in accredited colleges and universities are invited to participate in the annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). 
Important Dates and Information
  • Deadline for registration is January 29, 2018.
  • Registration fee is $5.00 per student.
  • Codes and essay topic will be emailed by January 31.
  • Essay contest may take place any time, starting from February 1 through 15
  • Judges' results are expected April 1.
  • Certificates will be mailed out by April 15.
  • Instructors must register students through this webpage (see the Registration section).
  • Submissions must be uploaded to Dropbox. Email attachments will not be accepted.
  • No late registrations or submissions will be accepted.
  • At least one instructor per participating institution must be a current ACTR member, with paid dues.
Instructors must register their students through the link below. The deadline for registering students for the 2018 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest is January 29th. Instructors at an institution with at least one current ACTR member, with paid dues, are qualified to register students. There is a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee for each participating student. No late registrations will be accepted.
​Participating instructors will receive student codes, directions, and the essay topic on January 31. Students should not receive the essay topic until the scheduled time of the contest. All contest participants within the same institution and Russian language course must write their essays in an hour on any day between February 1 and 15, as determined by the participating instructor. Essays must be written legibly on lined paper, the template for which will be emailed along with the directions for administering the contest on January 31. Students are not allowed to consult any books, notes, or outside sources to write their essays, and may not work together. Instructors may not substitute students for those registered. No refunds are available for students who do not show up for the essay contest.
All essays must be submitted as specified here:
  1. Group the essays by Category AND Level, e.g., A1, B3, C2, etc.
  2. Scan the essays in the same group, such as A1, as ONE single PDF file, and save it with a file name exactly like this: A1 Essays_[YOUR INSTITUTION], e.g. A1 Essays_Moscow State University. This file should contain only the A1 essays and no other essays from any other category or level. Do this for each Category-Level of essays that you have.

  3. Sort the "Student Declarations and Waiver" forms into two groups: 1) Students who AGREED to allow their essays to be used for research, organized within by Category-Level and 2) Students who DECLINED, organized within by Category-Level. 

    Scan and save all of the "Student Declarations and Waiver" forms from GROUP 1 as one PDF file with a file name exactly like this: Student Waiver Agreed_[NAME OF YOUR INSTITUTION], e.g.  Student Waiver Agreed_Moscow State University.

    Scan and save all of the "Student Declarations and Waiver" forms from GROUP 2 as a separate PDF file with a file name exactly like this: Student Waiver Declined_[NAME OF YOUR INSTITUTION], e.g. Student Waiver Declined_Moscow State University.

  4. Upload all of the PDF files to a Dropbox folder designated by the contest organizers by no later than February 19.

Only submissions uploaded to Dropbox will be accepted. Failure to use the correct file naming convention or incorrectly filing an essay will result in automatic disqualification of the misfiled essay. 
All essays will be evaluated anonymously; no essay will be identifiable by the name or institution of the student who wrote it. Three judges in Moscow will evaluate essays according to content (the ability to express ideas in Russian and communicate information about the topic) and length, lexicon, syntax, structure (grammatical and orthographic accuracy), and originality or creativity. The judges' results are expected by the beginning of April, and winners will be announced around mid-April in the ACTR Newsletter and on ACTR website. Gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention certificates will be awarded for the best essays at each Category and Level.
Instructors must place their contest participants into the appropriate CATEGORY and LEVEL
OVERVIEW OF CATEGORIES AND LEVELS
There are three CATEGORIES:
  • Category A: Students with no exposure to any Slavic languages at home;
  • Category B: Heritage speakers of a Slavic language other than Russian AND/OR native speakers of languages of the former Soviet Union with some prior experience with Russian; and
  • Category C: Russian heritage speakers.

The LEVELS for Categories A and B are based on the number of contact hours of formal Russian language instruction at the time of the essay contest, including high school. See below for the criteria.

The LEVELS for Category C are based on the degree of exposure to Russian and contact hours of formal Russian language instruction in college only. ​See below for the criteria.

For study abroad or other immersion programs:
Calculate the number of contact hours of formal language instruction, multiply that number by 2, and use the result as the total number of contact hours.
Category A: Students who do not and did not ever speak Russian or any other Slavic language at home.
Category B:Heritage speakers of a Slavic language other than Russian AND/OR native speakers of languages of the former Soviet Union who have had some prior experience with Russian.
  • Level One (A1, B1): fewer than 100 contact hours of instruction in Russian
  • Level Two (A2, B2): 100-250 contact hours of instruction (2nd-year Russian)
  • Level Three (A3, B3): 250-400 contact hours of instruction (3rd-/4th-year Russian)
  • Level Four (A4, B4): more than 400 contact hours of instruction (4th-/5th-year Russian)​
Category C: Students who were born to Russian speaking families and received most or all of their education in English. These students did not have any formal instruction in Russian before college. 
  • Level One (C1): Students who may or may not speak Russian with their families, and who have NOT attended school in Russia or the former Soviet Union and who had to learn reading and writing skills after emigration. These students have had less than 60 contact hours of Russian instruction in college.
  • Level Two (C2): Students who may or may not speak Russian with their families, and who have NOT attended school in Russia or the former Soviet Union and who had to learn reading and writing skills after emigration. These students have had fewer than 120 contact hours of Russian instruction in college.
  • Level Three (C3): Students who speak Russian with their families, and who attended school for fewer than 5 years in Russia or the former Soviet Union and may have had to relearn reading and writing skills after emigration, and who have had fewer than 60 contact hours of instruction in college.
  • Level Four (C4): Students who speak Russian with their families, and who attended school for 5 or more years in Russia or the former Soviet Union and have not had to relearn reading and writing skills.
Administering the Contest
Submitting the Essays and Student Declarations Forms
Student Categories and Levels
CRITERIA FOR CATEGORIES AND LEVELS
Students other than Russian Heritage Speakers

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