Category #5: Op-ed Writing

Category #5: Op-ed Writing
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Classroom attendance is mandatory for your entry to count. Email entries from students that are either time-stamped after the deadline or are from a student not listed as in attendance will not be considered for judging.
Classroom Time Allotted: 12:15-1:30 p.m. Overby Center Boardroom
Materials Provided: None
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Laptop; AP stylebook
Prohibited Materials: None
Exercise/Assignment: Participants will have 75 minutes to write a 500-600 word op-ed piece. The topic of the piece will be announced at 12:15 p.m. in the room where the onsite is taking place.
Submission: Students must email the final copy of their piece to
The file should not include the contestant’s name, only the assigned contestant number, which the contestant should include at the top of the piece. The subject line of the contestant entry should include the contest title and contestant number.  Only entries received by the assigned deadline will qualify for evaluation.
Judging criteria: Quality of lead; overall clarity; accuracy of facts; strength and logic of argument; acknowledgment of opposing viewpoint; citation of outside sources; spelling, punctuation and grammar; AP style; and editing for typos, word drops or similar mistakes.