Serving The Church Essay Contest

As part of this celebration, COGIC’s award winning, The Whole Truth (TWT) magazine and the departments of COGIC are sponsoring an essay contest.  The winning entry in each age category will be featured in an online edition of the magazine.
As you think about the period of history in which Dr. King made his final speech at Mason Temple, in what ways do you see God working in this period of the 21st Century and how are men, women, boys and girls responding? What should the Church Of God In Christ do to encourage the positive response to the move of God?
Ages 12-15, response must be no more than 500 words; Ages 16-20, the response must be between 750-1000 words; Ages 21-30, the response must be between 1000-1500 words. No exceptions will be permissible.
All essays must be original and any quotes of another’s work must be cited. Plagiarism in any form will result in the essay being disqualified and withdrawn from the contest. In addition, the winning essays will be featured on
Winners will receive a one-year subscription to The Whole Truth, an all expense paid trip (hotel and roundtrip airfare (airfare maximum $500.)) to AIM in Indianapolis, IN and a $250 cash scholarship. There will be one winner in each of the three age categories. Winners will be announced on April 3, 2018 on All decisions are final.

SUSO Co-Sponsors Third Annual YouthEssay Writing Contest

AHCC’s Step Up, Step Out (SUSO), Mothers United Against Violence, and The Mark Twain House & Museum are co-sponsoring the third annual Youth Essay Writing Contest. This year, the contest is accepting poetry and visual art submissions. 

Participants can choose one of two topics: “Hartford through MY eyes” or “What makes Hartford special to ME.” Work will be evaluated based on content, creativity, and originality. The deadline for submissions is February 15.

The contest is open to all students in grades 4-12 who are Hartford residents, as well as students in Hartford schools who live outside the city. Entrants in three age categories —  grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 — are eligible to win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in their category. In addition, one outstanding entrant will win the grand prize of $500.

On April 21, contest participants, family members, teachers, friends, donors, and co-sponsors will celebrate students’ achievements at a dinner and awards ceremony at AHCC.

For more information, please visit, or contact AHCC and SUSO member Patti Beckett. If you are able to help with fundraising or publicity, Patti would be delighted to hear from you.


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