Looking at the above test results, I feel that this scoring system is simple, but sensitive enough to be used as a judging tool. It can tell the reader a lot about the strong and the weak points of a bonsai. It can give us a glimpse into the judge 's thought process, when analyzing a tree. It gives consideration not only to the technical details, but also to the overall artistic impression, and it gives more weight to the latter. By doing so, it tells us that the technical details are there to serve the overall artistic vision. I hope that it can be useful in the fair judging of future competitions.
To enter the Listen to a Life Contest, a young person
8-18 years old interviews an older person over 50 years (cannot be a parent; may be a grandparent, older friend, mentor, neighbor, assisted living or long-term care resident, etc.) The young person then writes a 300-word essay (maximum) based on the interview.
Get ready by doing a little reading…
Check the contest rules . You can also read Why Enter?
Read past winning stories to see how to craft an appropriate essay. The judging committee isn't looking for a laundry list of dates and life facts. Rather, they're looking for an evocative, creative story that captures the essence of a person's life, or a critical moment or experience.
Finally, young and old can read and discuss the award-winning book Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes , by Susan V. Bosak. A multilayered story told by a wise old star, it's about hopes and dreams across a lifetime, in the past and into the future. We even have intergenerational activities you can do. The book sets the stage for a great interview.
Use a reasonably-sized font: either 10 characters per inch or a 12 point font. And choose a font that is easy to read rather one that is decorative: "Arial," "Lucida," "Modern," "Palermo" or "Times New Roman" are some good choices. Scripted fonts are hard to read even if they do make your paper "look nice"; it is the content of the paper that is most important, and making it easy for your readers to understand that content is always a good choice.