AUBURN – Sylvan Learning Center is sponsoring a writing contest for students in grades four through 12 in the greater Androscoggin County area. The center will award $400 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third in three age categories: intermediate, middle school and high school.

To enter, students must fill out an application and write a brief essay. Winners will be notified by Jan. 5, and a celebration party will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, at which time prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact Alicia Ouellette at 784-6801.

Grades four and five students are asked to write a tale of an adventures as a person being less than one inch tall. They should include the advantages and disadvantages and details about how they became so small, the feelings they experienced, and how they returned to normal size.

Grades six through eight are asked to write about the most important thing they have ever learned and why the lesson was important to them. They are to include at least three reasons why what they learned was so important and a short personal story about how what they learned helped them later.

Grades nine to 12 are asked to write a persuasive essay that explains their position on the driving age. The state has recently seen an increase in traffic accidents for drivers under the age of 18. Lawmakers are considering changing laws regarding obtaining a driver’s license. They want students to earn a high school diploma before they can receive a driver’s license. The students are asked to convince the state to accept their point of view.

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