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Amber Underwood Memorial News Competition

For current 4-H members. Junior Category 9-14, Senior Category 15-21

Calling all young writers! Entrants write a 500 word news-style report on a 4-H alumnus (past member or volunteer), about how 4-H has benefited them in their life and career. A $100 prize will be awarded to the winner in each of the two age categories. 

Submission deadline: Submission deadline has now passed. 

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Junior Category: 9–14 (Current 4-H members only)

Senior Category: 15–21 (Current 4-H members only)

The competition aims to provide 4-H Ontario youth with an opportunity to showcase their writing prowess. To enter:

  • Complete the Amber Underwood Memorial News Competition Application Form
  • Write a 500 word entry based on one of the following:
    • A 4-H Alumnus which can include a past member or volunteer, about how 4-H benefitted them.

Entry Criteria

Entries must be:

  • based on the current calendar year
  • a maximum of 500 words
  • type written and double spaced with one inch margins
  • in 11 point Arial font
  • the original work of the member

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

Content: 30 pts
Writing Style: 25 pts
Originality: 25 pts
Spelling/Grammar: 15 pts
Presentation: 5 pts

Please note: presentation points include how instructions were followed (i.e. spacing, etc.).


This competition is supported by the Amber Underwood Memorial 4-H News Competition Award Fund


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