ADOT Centennial Signs Essay Contest for Arizona Schools

ADOT Kids Essay Contest GraphicBACKGROUND:

The Arizona Department of Transportation is hosting an essay contest for students enrolled in 6th to 12th grades in public schools in the state of Arizona. One winner from each of Arizona’s 15 counties will receive an Arizona Centennial sign for their school. These signs were originally installed on highways across Arizona in 2012 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Arizona gaining statehood. Those signs recently were replaced by  new Grand Canyon National Park signs commemorating the centennial of the park’s establishment on Feb. 25, 1919 under President Woodrow Wilson.

TOPIC:

Arizona’s Five C’s: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate. Each of these five resources serves an important role in Arizona’s history. Students may choose one or multiple resources for the assignment. Describe why an element plays an important role in the economy and culture of Arizona. What do they mean to you personally?

CONTEST RULES and INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Students must be enrolled in 6th to 12th grades in a public school in the state of Arizona.
  2. Essays should be at least 400 words with correct spelling and appropriate grammar.
  3. Essays must be the original unpublished work of the student entering the contest.
  4. One essay per school may be submitted by a designated school administrator or official. By submitting this essay, you acknowledge that the student's parent or guardian has provided permission to use the student's name, essay and photo in ADOT's internal and external communications, including but not limited to press releases, social media posts and website content.
  5. Centennial sign by roadThe designated school administrator or official will submit their school’s essay nomination as an attachment to the entry form at the bottom of this page. Hand-written essays may be scanned and attached in a PDF format. The essay submission deadline is midnight, Jan. 31, 2023.
  6. Essays submitted from each participating school will be judged by a panel of ADOT employees  based on originality, creativity, unique writing style and descriptive language. One winning essay will be chosen in each Arizona county to receive a centennial sign. 
  7. The winning school in each county will be notified by Feb. 14, 2023.

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Contest FAQs:

What is purpose of the essay contest?

As a way to preserve the Arizona Centennial signs for future generations, ADOT is hosting an essay contest open to all Arizona public schools. The contest offers an opportunity for students to learn more about Arizona’s rich history and a chance to win a unique sign for permanent display at their school.

Essay topic

Arizona’s Five C’s: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate. Each of these five resources serves an important role in Arizona’s history. Students may choose one or multiple resources for the assignment. Describe why an element plays an important role in the economy and culture of Arizona. What do they mean to you personally?

What are the Arizona Centennial signs?

The Arizona Centennial signs 1912-2012 were installed along state highways across Arizona by the Arizona Department of Transportation in 2012 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Arizona gaining statehood. The signs chosen for this contest were from the original stock of installed signs and may show some signs of wear. The sign dimensions are 48” x 48”.

Submitting an essay for the drawing

One essay per school may be submitted to the contest by a designated school administrator or official. Duplicate entries are not allowed. Each submission will be confirmed by email using the address supplied. By submitting this essay, you acknowledge that the student's parent or guardian has provided permission to use the student's name, essay and photo in ADOT's internal and external communications, including but not limited to press releases, social media posts and website content. If you need assistance, please contact Mary Currie [email protected].

Submissions

Electronic essays must be received by midnight on Jan. 31, 2023.

How will the essay contest winners announced?

The designated school administrator or official will be notified by email before the essay contest winners for each county are posted on the ADOT website on Feb. 14, 2023.

Essay contest awards

ADOT will coordinate the delivery of an Arizona Centennial sign with the designated school administrator or official of the winning school in each county. Schools receiving a sign will be responsible for placement and installation of the sign after delivery.

ENTRY FORM

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