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"my small essay in thought reading" [CARD] 

Nearly a year and a half ago, we shared a remembrance of Joel Senter, founder of the online Sherlockian shopping site Classic Specialties. His widow Carolyn wanted to do something to remember him to the Sherlockian world as well and approached the Beacon Society to express her desire.

If you know the Beacon Society as we do (as co-founder and first Head-Light, I qualify), you'll know that its leadership is made up of the most selfless, creative and generous people of our corner of the world.

They decided, thanks to generous contributions to people from around the world who knew Joel, to endow the R. Joel Senter, Sr. Essay Contest. The essay contest brings together two worlds that meant so much to Joel: education and the great detective.

Designed for students between 4th and 12th grades who have an interest in Sherlock Holmes, the award will be granted in three categories (based on grade level) for an essay concerning one of the selected stories authored by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The primary rules for entering the contest:

  • Eligible entrants must be students in 4th to 12th grade in the United States and Canada.
  • Each Entrant must have an adult sponsor, 21 years of age or older (parent, teacher or family friend).
  • Sponsors may not write or edit the essay for Entrants. The essays must be entirely the work of the students.
  • The entrant must complete and submit the cover sheet/entry form and include it with the essay.
  • Sponsors and Entrants should read the section of the booklet for their grade, entitled Essay Questions carefully before starting the essay.

Essays must be emailed and received by the Beacon Society, in care of Art Renkwitz at renkwitza@gmail.com, by February 1, 2020 to be eligible for the prizes.

The full instructions / rules are included in the booklet for each category below:

  • 4th to 6th Grade – Essay based on “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League” from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Essay length: 300 words minimum; approximate maximum: 500 words.
  • 7th to 9th Grade – Essay based on “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Essay length: 500 words minimum; approximate maximum: 750 words.
  • 10th to 12th Grade – Essay based on “The Greek Interpreter” from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Essay length: 750 words minimum; approximate maximum: 1000 words.

Prizes for each category are a plaque, plus: $300 cash (1st prize); $200 cash (2nd prize); $100 cash (3rd prize).

More about the prize, rules, and other information can be found at the Beacon Society website.

If you have a friend, grandchild, student, child, neighbor or anyone else who fits into the categories above, please let them know about this wonderful opportunity.

We can all keep green the memory of Sherlock Holmes and Joel Senter by paying close attention to not only this but all of the activities of the Beacon Society.

The game's afoot!