Honors Essay Contest sponsored by Beta Theta Omicron is open to
all Skyline students enrolled during the Fall 2009 semester.
prize: $150 | Second prize: $100 | Third prize: $50
The Honors Study
Topic for 2008-2010, The Paradox of Affluence: Choices,
Challenges, and Consequences, is the most important aspect
of the comprehensive Phi Theta Kappa program for student development.
Though the leadership, service, and fellowship dimensions are very
important, the development of forums for intellectual stimulation
is stressed above all others.
offer this essay challenge.
essay can be a prose, nonfiction composition that deals with a single
topic. It may be instructive, informational, persuasive; exploring
people, places, historical events and personalities, new ideas,
how-to, or personal experience. This genre usually appears in magazines,
newspapers, and journals and often involves research.
essay can be entertaining, reflective, inspiring, philosophic, witty,
poetic, or all of these at once and expresses a personal attitude.
essay can describe an inspirational personal experience. Such pieces
are nonfiction narratives that demonstrate personal insight, reveal
heroic conduct, or show personal stamina; the central character
often experiences an epiphany that results in life-altering action.
essay can relate an anecdote. Anecdotes are short narratives detailing
particulars of an interesting true episode. It is often biographical
and dramatizes a situation of human interest. Slice of life, reflections,
and fillers are also appropriate entries in this category.
will be judged on creativity, mechanics, and relevance to the topic.
will be encouraged to submit their essays for the Regional Literary