Berkey Essay Contest

Berkey Essay Contest.The Second Annual Dr. Barry and Velma Berkey Fairfax County Public High School Annual Essay Award

Open to juniors and seniors from Centreville High School, Fairfax High School, Robinson Secondary School and Woodson High School.

$400 to the winner

Deadline:  March 22, 2013

Topic sentence “If I could incorporate into my life’s goals the principles of one of our U.S. Presidents, I would choose …”


  • Your personal essay must use the topic sentence outlined above;
  • The essay must be 700 words or less and define the selected president’s goals as well as describe his connection to the writer’s personal aspirations;
  • Only one essay per applicant;
  • Each entrant must sign a pledge attesting their submission is original, independently written, not previously published and completely true. Essays should be sent by mail, email or fax to the address below. Write “Berkey Essay Contest” on the envelope.
  • Essays must be received by March 22, 2013 to be eligible for the $400 award.

Brenda Jaggie, Administrative Assistant to School Support Team
Instructional Services Department
3877 Fairfax Ridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Fax:  703-279-5203

This contest is sponsored by Dr. Barry and Velma Berkey, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Library and the Fairfax Library Foundation.

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