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Bahamas government launches Sir Sidney Poitier Essay Competition
By Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Feb 19, 2016 - 1:07:23 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas  - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration invites all students from the public and private high schools to participate in an essay competition to commemorate this occasion.

Essay Competition Rules

After viewing Sir Sidney Poitier’s films, Junior and Senior High School students from public and private schools are asked to write a short essay on the films, Sir Sidney’s life and his impact on The Bahamas. Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

o - Creativity and originality

o - Grammar and spelling

o - Relevancy of response to topic

· Essays must be one- page, typed in 12 point Times New Roman font and double-spaced.

· All essays must be the original work of the applicant. All external references must be properly cited, to avoid plagiarism.

· Applicants who go over the page limit will not be considered.

· Essays will be judged by officials at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.


The winner of the essay competition will be awarded five hundred dollars ($500) and will also get an opportunity to fly to Los Angeles, along with a chaperone, to visit Sir Sidney. The second place winner will be awarded three hundred ($300) and the third place winner, two hundred dollars ($200). There will be two consolation prizes of one hundred dollars ($100).


Applicants must submit their essay to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration no later than Monday 29 February 2016, 12 noon, to the attention of Ms. Ieshia Deveaux. Essays can be emailed to ieshiadeveaux@bahamas.gov. bs, faxed to 328-8212 or sent directly to the Ministry in a sealed envelope. Applicants must ensure that their grade level and school are indicated.

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