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Deadline for writing contest nears

The December 15 deadline for the 4th annual TOGA Middle School Essay Contest is fast approaching. Aspiring Middle School students are encouraged to get their pens out and send in an entry.

After very successful middle school writing contests the past three years, the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA) and People’s Community Bank are again offering prizes of $150, $100, and $50 for first, second and third places, respectively, for the top essays. The theme of the essays is “Consider the Oyster”—a wide open category that must include an essay based on oysters. The competition is open to all Virginia students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Home-schooled students are welcome to enter. 

Prizes will also include gear from outdoor sports businesses and supporting members of TOGA. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the TOGA annual membership meeting at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences on January 13, 2018. The winners’ parents, a mentor, or a teacher may be guests of TOGA for the presentation event. The winning entries will be read by the students at the awards program during the annual meeting. The three top winners will be published on the TOGA website and may be published in other publications or websites, including the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association website.

The article should be written in Word format and attached to an e-mail. The submissions can be made between now and the December 15 deadline. For more information, visit

posted 12.06.2017

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