Information for the 2015-2016 contest

 


Contest topic and important dates

The Essay Contest topic for the academic year 2015 – 2016 is:

Healthy food for healthy living: A revolution that starts at school

Prizes
  • 1st Prize: iPhone 5s
  • 2nd–3rd Prizes: €100 gift voucher
  • 4th - 10th Prizes: Books and Dictionaries
    • Accepting any of the prizes constitutes permission for the Hellenic American Union to make public and use the winner’s name, photograph, city of residence and submitted work for publicity purposes without further compensation.
    • Contestants selected to participate in the final stage of the contest who fail to attend the final writing event, will not be entitled to another opportunity to write the final essay and win one of the prizes.
Important dates
  • Registration starts: September 16, 2015
  • Registration deadline: February 1st, 2016
  • Essay submission deadline: March 1st, 2016

Contest stages

There are two stages to the annual Hellenic American Union essay Contest: the Preliminary stage and the Final stage.

Preliminary stage

The Preliminary stage of the essay contest runs for approximately five months, September to February. During this stage language schools register for the contest and submit entries for their students. After the essay submission deadline the Hellenic American Union Rating Committee selects ten (10) finalists who go through to the Final stage.

Final stage

The Final stage of the essay contest is a writing event for the ten finalists selected from the Preliminary stage. The finalists are given a new topic on which they write an original essay of approximately 200-250 words in 30 minutes. The finalists are invited, with their parents and teachers, to the Hellenic American Union in Athens for the final writing event.

Contest eligibility and requirements

Contest Eligibility

The contest is open to students enrolled in language schools throughout Greece that have registered with the Hellenic American Union and have been given a School Code. To enter the contest, students from these schools must:

  • NOT possess a B2 level (or above) English language certificate,
  • be preparing for the May 2015 Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE),
  • fully understand and unconditionally agree to the terms of the contest.

The contest is NOT open to:

  • Hellenic American Union employees or their relatives,
  • students who attend any Hellenic American Union course during the academic year 2015-2016.
Contest Requirements
  • At the Preliminary stage essays must be between 200 and 250 words. Those contestants selected for the Final stage will be asked to write an original essay of approximately 250 words on a new topic.
  • Contestants must produce an original essay without any guidance from any other party. All information borrowed from sources in any form must be appropriately documented and acknowledged.
  • Contestants must write on the official topic of the contest.
  • Contestants must write on the official writing paper of the contest.
  • Each contestant must submit only one essay in the contest.
  • Essays may be word-processed, typewritten or legibly handwritten.
  • To be awarded their prizes, all prize winners must take the Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA) Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) that will be held in May 2016.

Contest policies and assessment criteria

Contest Policies
  • All entries not in compliance with any one of the contest requirements will be disqualified.
  • All entries must be submitted by March 1st, 2016. The Hellenic American Union is not responsible for misdirected, lost, late, illegible, or incomplete submissions.
  • Decisions of the Hellenic American Union Administration and the Hellenic American Union Rating Committee are final and irrevocable.
  • Essays will not be rescored on any account and, therefore, rescore requests will not be accepted.
  • By entering the contest, contestants agree that their essay will become the property of the Hellenic American Union and will not be returned.
  • The Hellenic American Union reserves the right to print and display the essays and/or photographs of contest winners.
  • The Hellenic American Union undertakes to cover travel and accommodation costs (one night accommodation and travel for two persons) for all contestants who have been selected to participate in the final writing event with the exception of those living in the prefecture of Attica.
  • In the event that extraordinary circumstances prevent the Hellenic American Union from holding the scheduled final writing event, the Hellenic American Union reserves the right to cancel the event or reschedule it at a later date.

Note: Being a finalist or winning the contest does not guarantee success in the ECCE examination.

Assessment and rating criteria
  • All submitted essays will be judged by the Hellenic American Union Essay Contest Rating Committee. The Rating Committee consists of writing experts and a senior member of the Center for Examinations and Certifications serving as Committee Chair.
  • All essays will be rated according to a rating scale based on a set of designated scoring criteria.
  • Essays are NOT scored following the ECCE scoring criteria.
  • Essays are scored by two raters. The scores from both raters are added together to yield the final score for each candidate.
  • No essays will be rescored.

Contest registration and essay submission

Contest Registration

School owners can register their students by completing the registration form found in ORFEAS. For the 2015-2016 contest registration starts September 16, 2015 and the deadline is February 1st, 2016.

For questions or clarifications concerning registration form completion school owners can address the Center for Examinations and Certifications of the Hellenic American Union:

  • Telephone: 2103680000
  • Fax: 2103634200 / Attention: Center for Examinations and Certifications
Essay submission

Essay submissions for the 2015-2016 contest will be accepted starting September 16, 2015. All entries must be submitted by February 1st, 2016 to one of the following:

  • Fax: 2103634200 / Attention: Center for Examinations and Certifications
  • Email: support@hau.gr
  • Address: Hellenic American Union Essay Contest
    Athens | 22 Massalias St. | 106 80 Athens | T.: 2103680000

The Hellenic American Union is not responsible for misdirected, lost, late, illegible, or incomplete submissions.

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