SAS Essay Contest For Area Middle School Students

Amelia Smith

2013 SAS Essay Contest Winner:
Amelia Smith.
2013 Maclay School Graduate.

The St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee annually holds an essay contest for all public, private and home-schooled 6th to 8th grade students residing in Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Wakulla, Grady (GA), and Thomas (GA) counties. A written essay must be no fewer than 500 or more than 700 words. An emailed essay submission to the Society must include a written and an audio version of the essay along with the application. The contest begins January 15, 2021 and the essay submission must be received no later than March 1, 2021.

Students do not have to be of Scottish descent or be a member of the St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee to submit an essay. First and second prizes are $300 and $200, respectively.

For more information or questions contact Glenn Robertson, Essay Contest Chairman at: or call 850.294.8264.


The essay must relate to this theme: “______________ is my Scottish (or Scottish-American) hero because _____________.”

Need ideas? How about writing about

An inventor like James Watt (steam engine) or Alexander Graham Bell (telephone)? Alexander Fleming (penicillin)? John Logie Baird (television)? George Cleghorn (quinine)? James Gregory (reflecting telescope)?

An industrialist/ philanthropist like Andrew Carnegie?

A sports star like Andy Murray, Eric Liddell or Jackie Stewart?

A poet or writer like Ian Fleming? Sir Walter Scott? Robert Burns? JK Rowling? JM Barrie? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Robert Lewis Stevenson? Muriel Spark?

A real-life hero from history like Flora MacDonald? Mary Queen of Scots? Queen Margaret? Robert the Bruce? William Wallace? Kenneth MacAlpine?

A naturalist like John Muir?

Philosophers like David Hume, Adam Smith and Thomas Carlyle?

A fictional hero like Rob Roy?

A designer/artist like Charles Rennie Mackintosh?

An explorer like David Livingstone?

Performing artists like Sean Connery? Billy Connolly?

Or, an American patriot like Alexander Hamilton?

Only one essay per student is accepted. Essays must consist of original material composed by the student. Students submitting essay content taken from print or electronic media without identifying sources will be disqualified. Students must provide full citations for quoted or paraphrased sources.

ESSAY APPLICATION: Please include the following information in the email message along with your attached essay submission (written and audio versions) no later than March 1, 2021 to Glenn Robertson

Name: _________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________ ________________________________________
City: ____________________________________
State: __________ Zip: ________________
Email Address: ___________________________________
Home Phone: _____________________________ Cell phone: _________________________
Name of Parent or Guardian : ________________________________________
School attending: ______________________________________________ Grade: ______
Name of the teacher who provided information about the Essay Contest: _________________________
Date: __________________

1. Have a title specific to the theme and include it, the author’s name and the date of submission on a title page.
2. Have a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 700 words.
3. Cite all quoted or paraphrased source materials in the narrative or in footnotes.
4. Typed, double-spaced Microsoft Word or Word-compatible document in standard letter orientation (8.5 x 11 inches) with one-inch margins and page numbers.
5. Use a Times New Roman font with a font size of 12.

1. The Essay Contest begins on January 15, 2021. March 1, 2021 is the final date for essay submissions. 2. The written essay plus audio of the author reading the essay plus a completed application must be emailed to Glenn Robertson, Essay Contest Chairman at no later than March 1, 2021.

A committee of St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee Board members will review and score essays using the following criteria:
1. Originality of content. All paraphrased or quoted content must have citations. (30 points),
2. Content is clearly written, well organized and free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors. (40 points), and
3. The exhibiting of highly creative, personal and unique approaches to the topic. (30 points)

Essay reviewers will independently score each essay. The Society Educator will average reviewers’ individual scores for each of the three criteria listed above. The sum of the average scores for the three criteria will constitute the overall score for each essay. The Society will declare the students whose averaged essay scores rank first and second among all the entries as the winners.

The St. Andrew Society reserves the right to not make any awards if no essays score a minimum average of 70 points.

The first-place award is $ 300. The second-place award is $ 200.
Winners will be notified by March 20.
Winners will have an opportunity to read their essay during a planned April 10, 2021 St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee “Tartan Day” celebration.

Please email the St. Andrew Society Educator, Glenn Robertson, at

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