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CCHC Essay Contest

Chambers County Historical Commission's Annual Essay Contest first began in 2006, and runs from November to March.
It is offered to Junior High and High School students in each of the three Chambers County school districts.

The contest has a Junior Division for grades 7 thru 9, and a Senior Division for grades 10 thru 12.
The deadline is March 24th, 2016, and Awards are to be presented at the school's award ceremony.

All Middle and High School students in Barbers Hill, East Chambers and Anahuac School Systems are eligible to enter
The information packets will be available from School Principals, History Teachers, and CCHC.
The winners from each school in Chambers County will be awarded a trophy and a monetary gift.

Essays must be emailed to
or turned into a designated box at your campus.

For current topic and guidelines, see below.
For more information, please contact CCHC at 409- 267-8363

                                                                          Contest Guidelines for Current Year Below:

Chambers County Historical Commission
Essay Contest for 2015-2016

by Chairman of the CCHC Essay Contest, Gilbert O. Speights
September 25, 2015


Calling all 7th - 12th Grade Students in Chambers County! 

The Chambers County Historical Commission is proud to announce the Essay Contest for the 2015 - 2016 school year.

Essay Guidelines:

  • Words: Essay should be no less than 500 words.
  • Fonts: 12pt Font Times New Romans.
  • Double Spaced: There should be no extra spaces between paragraphs.
  • Margins: MLA should be 1 inch - top, bottom, left, and right
  • Cover Page: Name of your school, title of essay, your name, teacher's name, grade level (as follows):

School Name

Title of Essay

Your Name
Teacher - Grade Level


  • Heading: In the upper left corner of the 2nd page of your essay, it should have student name, name of school, teacher - grade level, and title of essay centered and typed as follows:

    Your Name
    Name of School
    Teacher - Grade Level

                                                                                             Title Of Essay

  • Language: Essays must be submitted in English.

  • Reference: A minimum of four (4) references are required, and only two (2) of those can be internet references. References should be located at the end of your essay on a separate page. Reference and Cover pages are not to be counted as word count in the essay.

  • Requirements: Essays should be stapled once in the the top left-hand corner in the following order:
    Cover page; Body of essay, and Reference page.
    Essays which do not follow these guidelines will not be accepted. All essays become the property of CCHC and will not be returned.

    There are
    two divisions: Seventh-Ninth and Tenth-Twelfth Grades. Every student in these grade levels in Chambers County are eligible to enter. The requirements for 7th - 9th Grade Essay and 10th - 12th Grade Essay are the same, but will be graded by level.

    The body of the essay can be no less than 500 words.

    This year's topic must be: "People of Texas History from 1500s - 1900s." This can include pirates, outlaws, heroes, Native Americans, battles, etc. Write a biographical essay about a person in Texas History from 1500's - 1900's that played a key role in the History of Texas. You may write about any person that contributed to the history of the State of Texas during this time period. Works cited must be able to be supported.

    Essays will be judged using writing guide-lines.  Voice, theme, syntax and semantics of sentence structure, transitions, paragraphing, editing, etc.  will be considered important in the judging of each essay.   Each participant should use the writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading and publishing his/her essay.

    It is important to note that each student must participate individually. 

    Essays must be emailed
    or turned in to a designated box at your campus.

    The winners from each school in Chambers County will be awarded a trophy and a monetary gift.

The deadline for the essay to be turned in is March 24, 2016.

Winners will be notified at their academic award ceremony.




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