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Statewide - Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas - Boyd Essay Contest

The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas hold two essay contests each year and presents awards at the annual meeting, this year will be Friday, January 25, 2019, when the organization celebrates its 101st anniversary. The Kansas Historical Foundation assists the organization with the contests.

Mamie Boyd, photo courtesy Kansas Press AssociationKansas! Say It Above a Whisper contest

The Mamie Boyd Kansas! Say It Above a Whisper contest, sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, focuses on pride in the state and is open to Kansas students in grades eight through 12. Essays must be limited to 250 words (about one double-spaced typewritten page) and must be submitted electronically by email by 5 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2018. The author’s name, school, grade, mailing address, and phone number must be included on the essay.

The contest title was coined by early-day Kansas newspaperwoman Mamie Boyd, whose family continues to provide the cash award for the first place winner. Past essays have described interesting and strong-hearted people of Kansas, the state’s vast grain crops and grasslands, diversities in population, and the emotions and pride called to mind by the state’s unique beauty. Winners will be honored each year at the annual meeting. Photo courtesy Kansas Press Association.

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Submit entries for both contests to: Cindy Stillings, Kansas Historical Foundation, cindy.stillings@ks.gov. Include “Boyd Essay Contest” in the subject line of the email.