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2012/13 Secondary School Essay-Writing Competition

Essay Competition 2012/13

The University of Limerick’s Regional Writing Centre is holding its Second Regional Essay-writing Competition for secondary school students in Munster.

The competition is open to transition year, 5th and 6th year students, and will require them to take a decisive stance in responding to the following prompt in an essay of 800-1,000 words:

“When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place.”- Mark Zuckerberg, Co-founder of Facebook.

Respond to the above statement about social networking sites in relation to the issue of cyber-bullying.

The primary purpose of our competition is to give students the opportunity to engage in a social debate through writing and to prepare them for argumentative writing at third level. In addition, the competition highlights the University of Limerick’s commitment to supporting the educational advancement of prospective students. The Regional Writing Centre is dedicated to helping students to develop strategies to become more confident, critical and autonomous writers, able to write persuasively in all contexts, whether academic or professional.

The deadline for receipt of entries for this competition is Friday, 15th March, 12.00p.m.

Three winners will be announced on Tuesday, 30th April, 2013, and prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony by the President of the University of Limerick, Professor Don Barry, on Tuesday, 21st May, 2013. The overall winner of the Essay-writing Competition will receive an iPad, while the second and third place winners will be awarded a €200 and €100 voucher respectively.