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Essay contest to celebrate Carnegies centennial
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The Carnegie Arts Center is searching for student writers wanting to take their place in the centennial celebration by submitting essays for the time capsule to be opened in 2116.

The purpose of the time capsule essays is to describe what life is like now and what life might be like in 100 years.  One winner will be chosen from each of the following age groups: Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12. Winning essays will be posted on the Carnegie’s blog, and included in the time capsule. Winners in the first two categories will receive $25 gift certificates to Yogurt Mill; the winner in the Grade 10-12 category will receive a cash prize of $50.

Essays should include the following subjects:

What is life like now?  Describe the things you do and see so that someone reading your essay in 100 years can imagine what life was like in 2016.  This can be about your hobbies, interests, school, family, friends, neighborhood, etc. What would someone be curious about in the future?

What will life be like for someone your age 100 years from now? Try to envision what students your age will be interested in and what they will be doing in their everyday lives.

What will the Carnegie be used for in 100 years?  The Carnegie building began its life as a library where the citizens of Turlock found books to read for fun and reference.  One hundred years later, the building is now a center where people come to see and learn about art, music, drama, poetry, and dance; people also come here for meetings and special events. Can you imagine what people might do here in the future?

Essays should be written on a digital device. Make sure that the name, grade, and school are at the top of your essay.  Title the essay in this format: last name_first name_ your school & grade (example: jones_charles_wakefield4).  Please save your file in the Portable Document Format (.pdf) if you can.  If not, please save it in Word format (.doc or .docx).

Email your essay to  Essays must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 2.

The time capsule will be dedicated at the Carnegie on Sept. 9.

For more information contact the Carnegie Arts Center at 632-5761.