Do you have teenagers at home, know
a teenager or are a teen now? Well then we’ve
got something for you!
NOTE: The essay contest has changed
from prior years. Instead of just focusing on Abstinence
it has been expanded to cover many public health issues.
They must focus on one of the following: abstinence,
chronic disease, mental health, health care cost or
The essay contest is sponsored by the Wayne County
Board of Health in partnership with the Wayne County
Health Department and the Wayne Council on Adolescent
Pregnancy Prevention. All 9th –12th grade Wayne
County students (public, private, or home schooled)
are eligible to participate in this essay contest.
Here is some additional information that will help
you enter the essay contest.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR THE CONTEST?
– Please submit an essay with a title in your
own words on a public health issue in our county and
provide a possible solution. This essay must be centered
around one of the following topics: abstinence, chronic
disease, mental health, health care cost or environmental
health. Examples of these could include: intimate partner
violence, suicide prevention, sexuality and sexual health,
tattoo safety etc.). Support your essay with who you
believe should help resolve it, facts and research (with
at least 3 from scholarly sources).
– No more than 1500 words
Essay must be typed in black ink.
Essay should be double spaced on
8 ½ x 11” paper with a 12pt. font and 1"
– Contest is open to all currently enrolled Wayne
County high school students (public, private and home
schooled). Guidelines have to be followed
to remain eligible. Finalist must
develop a visual presentation and present at the Essay Scholarship
Ceremony on June 2018.
Entry form and essay
– Entry form should accompany the essay. The only
personal (identifiable) information to appear on your
essay are the last four digits of your social security
#. These digits should appear in the header section
of each page of the essay.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES BEING AWARDED?
2nd place: $500 Scholarship
WHEN IS THE ENTRY DEADLINE?
Friday, March 15, 2018 at 6:00pm.
Essays and completed entry form must be mailed (postmarked
NO LATER than March 15, 2018) or submitted to the address
T. Gibson Teen Public Health Leadership Essay
Wayne County Health Department – Health Education
301 N. Herman St. Box CC
Goldsboro, NC 27530
WHERE DO I GET THE ENTRY FORM?
You can get the essay contest form by clicking
here (241 kb ).
You will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view and print
the form. You can get the FREE program by clicking
WHAT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
If you have any questions please call Brittney Davis at (919)731-1291 or Celita Graham
at (919) 731-1235.
These materials and/or any activities or event described
are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Wayne County
Board of Education, its agents or employees.