Seniors: Unleash your inner John Burroughs to win $300

Calling all seniors at Andes, Margaretville, Onteora and Roxbury schools: You could win $300 bucks by waxing poetical about growing up here in the Catskills. The deadline for the annual Catskill Heritage Alliance essay competition is this Friday, and all you have to do is answer this question:

How has growing up in the Catskills influenced you?

Prose, poetry, and even scripts are allowed as answers. According to a press release sent out by the CHA last month, the contest has been altered slightly this year to get creative juices flowing:

“We have removed the word ‘heritage’ from this year’s essay topic,” added Mr. Frisch. “That word seemed to be a hindrance to many students. We hope students will find this year’s topic more accessible.”

So get to composing. You have four days. Contest details below:


The Catskill Heritage Alliance will be awarding a $300 prize to a graduating senior from Andes, Margaretville, Onteora or Roxbury Central Schools for a written response to the topic: How has growing up in the Catskills influenced you?

Entries may be in the form of personal narrative, poetry, drama or any other written form that addresses the topic. Submissions will be judged by an experienced panel of CHA members on the basis of content, expression and writing mechanics.


Submit your entry electronically to [email protected] by the deadline of Friday, May 20, 2011. All individual entries must include student’s name, contact information and school affiliation. Schools may also submit their entries jointly through the school’s award coordinator but must still be submitted electronically to the mailbox above. The winner will be announced in the media and the prize will be awarded at the class of 2011 graduation awards ceremony. The CHA contact person for the competition, Matthew Frisch, can be reached through the CHA mailbox.