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Essay Contest Winners Announced

Tompkins County Public Library will host a reception and award ceremony for the winners of The Trial Essay Contest on Friday, December 17, 2004 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Borg Warner room. At 4:30 p.m. Ithaca Mayor, Carolyn Peterson will present the awards and gift certificates to the winning students.

  • First prize is awarded to Maria Murphy of Charles O. Dickerson High School

  • Second prize is awarded to Lydia Hsu of Ithaca High School

  • Third prize is awarded to Elizabeth Usher of Ithaca High School

The high school essay contest was sponsored by the Cornell/Community Collaboration of Ithaca reads The Trial by Franz Kafka.

The essay topic and rules are below.

Friends and family are invited to attend.


The Trial by Franz Kafka

Essay question: What did Joseph K do?


  • All students in grade 9 through 12 attending a public or private school in Tompkins County.
  • All home-schooled students in grade 9 through 12 in Tompkins County.
Winners will receive a certificate from Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson along with a gift certificate to The Bookery in the Dewitt Mall.
  • First prize: 150.00
  • Second prize: 75.00
  • Third prize: 75.00

Submissions will be judged on content, style, and grammar. Judges will look for clear, concise writing that is original, logically organized and well supported.

Essays should be 750-1,000 words (3-5 pages). It is preferred that essays be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page.

Handwritten essays will be accepted. Essays that are difficult to read due to illegible handwriting will be disqualified.

Documentation is expected for quotations, borrowed ideas and sources used in the text of the essay.

Secondary sources should be cited parenthetically in the text using the author's last name, title of book, and page number(s), e.g. (McCullough, The Johnstown Flood, 236-8). You do not need to provide a bibliography.

All essays must have a cover page with identification information. No identifying information should appear on the consecutive pages of the essay.

The cover page should include:

  • Name, home address and phone number and an e-mail address if you have one.
  • Name of your school and grade
  • Home-schooled students must list a daytime telephone number and/or e-mail address of the parent/legal guardian.

Essays should be submitted to the Adult Services Reference Desk at the Tompkins County Public Library. The dates for submission are from Sunday September 26, 2004 to Sunday October 31, 2004.

The decisions of the judges are final.

All winners will be notified by November 30, 2004

For more information please contact Shelley Garvey at sgarvey@tcpl.org or 272-4557 ext. 249.

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