Objectives
  • To encourage secondary schools students in Hong Kong to express their thoughts on social affairs and related subjects that are affecting their daily lives.
  • To increase their confidence in learning Liberal Studies and also improve their English writing skills at the same time.
  • To assist school teachers with preparing Liberal Studies writing exercises for students.
  • To share well-written essays with the public through the Junior Standard and Student Standard.

Eligibility
  • All local secondary schools students (Grade 7 or upper students of international schools)

Individual and School awards

An award will be given to the best essay of each Liberal Studies category – six in total. They will be shortlisted to be in contention for the overall Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up awards. A further five merit awards will also be awarded.

The school with the highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' will also be awarded.

For the Ascent Prep Inspired Minds Award, the best articles from the junior and senior sections* based on the pre-set topic will be awarded.

*The junior section is open to students from S.1-3 / G.7- 8; the senior section is for students from S.4-6 / G.9-11)

Essay types

Students tackle one of the six Liberal Studies topics by writing a short essay. The students must decide which category their writing fits in and submit it within the time period as shown below. They can also submit more than one entry throughout the Competition.

To win the Ascent Prep Inspired Minds Award, in addition to submitting an essay under the six Liberal Studies categories, students also need to write an essay based on the pre-set topic. They can submit one or more essays to win this award.

Competition schedule
Submission period Now – 31 May 2018
Result announcement August 2018

Award and Prize details:
Category awards Personal Development & Interpersonal Relationships
Globalisation
Public Health
Energy Technology & the Environment
Hong Kong Today
Modern China
Scoring criteria: Knowledge of the subjects; displays a critical-thinking mind; logic (flow of writing); originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A trophy
+
A certificate
Writer awards Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
These awards will be selected among the six winners of the category awards. A trophy
+
A certificate
Merit awards Merits x 5 A certificate
School award The highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' A trophy
Ascent Prep Inspired Minds Award Awards for the best essay from the junior and senior sections judged in terms of content, creativity, and language quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, fluency etc.) A trophy
+
A certificate

Competition Rules
Eligibility All local secondary schools students (Grade 7 or upper students of international schools)
Language English only
Format Entries must be submitted either online or in paper format (A4) by post.
All other formats such as through e-mail or fax will not be accepted.
Writing Limit 500 words
Judging criteria Knowledge of the subjects; displays a critical-thinking mind; logic (flow of writing); originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.)
Judges A panel of judges comprising teachers, authors and news editors
Submission period Now – 31 May 2018


* In order to win the school award, all entries must be submitted by a representative of the school in paper format by post. A valid 'School Submission Form' must be completed and stamped with the school chop.







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