Houston CPA Society Sponsors Art and Essay Contests

August 14, 2008

Middle school students with ideas about “Why Should I Vote?” are invited to compete in the 22nd annual Houston CPA Society Art and Essay Contest.

Entries must be received by the Houston CPA Society no later than 5 p.m., November 14, 2008 and should be submitted by the students’ teacher. Essays should be no less than 300 words and no more than 1,000 words in length.

The essays must be typed in double-spaced form. They may be submitted via email as a Microsoft Word attachment. Each essay must also be accompanied by a completed entry form, or include a cover page containing the same information as appears on the entry form.

Judging will be based on idea development and statement of the central idea, essay organization and development, as well as the grammar, mechanics and overall appearance of the essay.

Art contestants will be judged on their development of the idea and presentation. Each art entry must be presented on 8 ½ -inch by 11-inch paper, which may be “art quality paper.” Entries may utilize any art element available to students in grades 6-8 and must be submitted with a completed entry form attached to its back.

Contest winners will be treated to a recognition luncheon, where they will receive their prizes. Essay contest winners will receive a plaque and art contest winners will receive their artwork framed.

All winners also receive a gift card to a local merchant, and all entrants will receive a certificate of participation and a prize.

“Each school may enter up to six entries, per class, in each contest,” said Tom Wier, chair of the CPAs Helping Schools Committee.

For entry forms and complete rules, contact Carol Spencer at the Houston CPA Society at 713-622-7733 ext. 32.

The 8,300-member Houston CPA Society, with members from 13 surrounding counties, is the third largest local organization of CPAs in the nation.

In addition to providing professional education to its members, the Houston CPA Society has donated millions of dollars to charities through its charity events and golf tournaments. The society delivers toys and books to over 5,000 children each year through Santa CPAs and supports education with scholarships for students, grants for schools and a variety of recognition programs.

Each spring, the Houston CPAs provide free tax help to disadvantaged citizens, including those with low income, physical impairments, non-English-speaking ability or elderly status. They provide ongoing help to other nonprofit organizations by lending skills to charity auctions, and providing accounting advice to other nonprofit organizations.

For more information about the Houston CPA Society, log on to the web site at www.houstoncpa.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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