Wellington Celebrating Viva Florida Program

High school students in Wellington could win a $250 scholarship by entering the Viva Florida Essay Contest.

The Viva Florida 500 campaign focuses on commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast. In addition to honoring shared state history, the Florida League of Cities is encouraging local communities to honor their own history. As a part of the 18-month campaign that kicked off in January, Wellington is offering an essay contest to high school students. The topic is, “Wellington’s past, present and future.”

Students entering the essay contest must be in grades 9-12 and attend a Wellington high school or be a Wellington resident. Essays submitted should not exceed 1,500 words and should not deviate from the theme.

All essay entries must be typed or neatly written, double-spaced, and must include the students name, address, phone number, school attended and year of school in the upper right hand corner.

Essays will be judged on content, originality, grammar, organization and style. The essay contest will be judged by Wellington’s Education Committee.

The winner will be announced on April 30, and the winning essay will be displayed on the Viva Florida section of the Wellington web site May 1.

The essay contest winner will be awarded a $250 Scholarship from the Wellington Rotary Club. Essay submission deadline is Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m. Essays can be submitted to Wellington’s Community Services Department, 12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mailed to khenghold@wellingtonfl.gov.