National Geographic : 1893 Feb 08
Geographic Prizes. 207 North America, and that it shall be comprehensive in its scope and limited in its length, so as to afford opportunity for origi nality of treatment. The cooperation of state superintendents of education will be sought by the Society. The best essayist of each state will receive a certificate of efficiency from the National Geographic Society. The Geographic Gold Medal of the Na tional Geographic Society will be awarded to the best essayist of the entire country, while the second best essayist will receive a certificate of honorable mention. The subject of the essay for 1893 will be announced shortly. GENERAL RULES. 1. Essays will be received only from such public high schools as form ally announce their intention to compete by May 31 of each year. 2. All essays must be entirely composed by the pupil, who must certify on honor that he has not received aid from any person. 3. No essay shall exceed 2,500 words in length. 4. In each state the superintendent of public schools, if his cooperation can be secured, will select by such process as he deems advisable the three best essays, which shall be passed on by a committee of the National Geographic Society in order to select the best essay for each state and for the United States. 5. The certificate issued to the best essayist of each state shall set forth in proper terms that ....... , being one of ....... essayists from ....... public high school, in the state of ....... , is awarded this certificate by THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY for his proficiency in geographic science. 6. No certificate shall be awarded to any competitor unless in the opinion of the judges the essay offered possesses sufficient merit to justify such award. It is desired that the superintendent of public schools in each state shall select, by such method as he deems advisable, the three best essays, and from the collection of such essays the committee of the National Geographic Society will select the best essay for each state and for the United States. One of the most important aims of the National Geographic Society is to stimu late and make more practical the study of geography, particu larly with reference to America. The Society therefore seeks the cooperation of all educational workers in making its labors more efficient and general. To this end gifts for medals and scholarships are solicited and identification with the Society by active membership and personal effort are urged.
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