Student Competition - ETI Expressions

Eventbrite - ETI Expressions - School Competition


Celebrate diversity and inclusion by participating in ETI’s first annual competition, ETI Expressions. This competition will offer students across the U.S. the opportunity to present their individual understanding and awareness of diversity and inclusion. We encourage creativity and personal stories. 


What does Diversity and Inclusion mean to you?


All middle school and high school students residing in the United States are welcome to participate.


  • Personal opinions and stories are encouraged
  •  All participants must cite sources they used to research the topic throughout their essay, film or video


  • You can submit your essay online - click REGISTER on this page.
  • You can email your submission to: Linzy Rodrigues at
  • You can mail your essay to ETI, 57 Scotland Street, Hingham, MA 02043.
  • You can submit a short film or video instead of an essay to convey your message.  In this case please complete the online registration, and email the video or viewing instructions to Linzy Rodrigues at

Only one entry per student or group. Groups cannot be more than 4 students.  All participants must complete the online registration form, even if you are submitting your essay separately.


  • If a teacher is assisting you on your essay, you must include the name of the nominating teacher on the registration form.
  • The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice.
  • A parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.


A panel of experienced and professional judges will evaluate entries based on originality, composition and interpretation. Winners will be announced on our Facebook page on October 1, 2017. All judges’ decisions are final.

Content (60%)

  • Demonstrated understanding of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Reflects original insight and ideas
  • Thoroughly researched topic and cited sources
  • Outlined obstacles and challenges

Presentation (40%)

  • Quality of writing (style, clarity, flow and vocabulary)
  •  Organization (structure, paragraphs, introduction and conclusion)
  • Conventions (syntax, grammar, spelling and punctuation)
  • Effectively organized ideas to build a logical and coherent argument


  • First place winner will receive a $500 cash award
  • Second place winner will receive a $250 cash award
  • Third place winner will receive a $100 cash award


To enter the contest, register and submit your work by August 31, 2017.

Mailed essays must be postmarked August 31, 2017. You will also be required to complete the online registration form (click REGISTER below).


The Essay Contest encourages you to use a wide variety of sources in writing your essay. We expect you to carefully select all sources for reliability and accuracy. We strongly encourage you to draw on primary documents and personal stories for the essay.
Please reference your sources throughout your essay using parenthetical citations. We cannot accept citations in footnote form. You must include a bibliography with full citations of your sources at the end of your essay.

You will have to properly credit the sources you use to get the information for your essay, whether it be from a book, newspaper or magazine article, web site, personal interview, film, etc. Not to do so is to plagiarize—to intentionally or unintentionally appropriate the ideas, language, key terms, or work of another without sufficient acknowledgement that such material is not one's own.
There are two main issues you have to be concerned with: 1) Citing your sources within the text of your essay; and 2) Constructing a list of works or bibliography to attach to your essay. There are several accepted formats, including: the APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), and Turabian (Kate A. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Terms Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.)  This section will focus on the APA style for citation, but you are free to use whichever accepted format is most comfortable for you.  The Purdue Online Writing Lab has extensive resources on APA and MLA citation styles.  The University of Chicago Press has a quick guide to Turabian citation style.


We are currently looking for sponsors to partner with for this competition. Please contact us directly for sponsorship information.


For any questions or inquiries, please email Linzy Rodrigues at, or call her at (413) 687-0244.