4-H beekeeping essay contest opportunity for Michigan youth

4-H youth can earn a cash prize through the national 4-H beekeeping essay contest on beekeeping in colonial times.

Michigan 4-H youth can improve their history, knowledge, writing and research skills and win a cash prize by entering the 2014 4-H beekeeping essay contest. The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for the Presevation of Honey Bees, Inc. This year’s essay topic is Beekeeping in Colonial Times. The top three winners nationally will receive cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250. The three national winners and the top winner of each state will receive a book about honey bees, beekeeping or honey.

The essay length should be 750 to 1000 words and will be judged on the scope of research, accuracy, creativity, conciseness and logic development of the topic. Michigan State University Extension encourages youth to research the topic using a number of sources. Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are welcomed, but should be cited. The complete announcement and rules are available for download.

All entries must be submitted electronically to MSU Extension by February 22, 2013. A state winner will be selected and submitted to the Foundation for the Presevation of Honey Bees, Inc. by February 28, 2013.

The American Beekeeping Federation established the Foundation for the Presevation of Honey Bees, Inc., a non-profit corporation, to preserve the practice and the profession of beekeeping through education and research.

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