The Irish Cultural Society is hosting its annual writing contest for any high school students in Nassau County in grades 9 to 12. This year’s project is built upon the English Regents “Text-Analysis Response” model, in which students must identify a main topic discussed in a radio address from Ireland President Eamon de Valera in 1943 and analyze the rhetorical devices he used, such as metaphor, parallelism and antithesis, to persuade his audience to adopt his proposal. In the past the English Regents has used President John F. Kennedy’s First Inaugural Address for a text-analysis response.
Contest rules have been sent to the English departments of public and private schools across the county and are posted on the cultural society’s website. The Irish Cultural Society’s website also contains “helpful hints” on how to approach the writing assignment. The project itself is a task promoted by the new Common Core Curriculum.
The Irish Cultural Society has sponsored a writing contest for over thirty year. This year 39 prizes will be awarded, ranging from $200 down to $35, and every entrant will receive a certificate of merit mailed to their sponsoring teacher. In addition, high school libraries with students entered in the contest will receive books on an Irish subject, in appreciation of their role in promoting literacy. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Garden City Library on Wednesday, May 6.
Any high school student’s interested in entering the competition can get a copy of the materials from their English department or by going online to the Irish Cultural Society website at www.irish-society.org. Entries are due by Tuesday, March 17.