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October 21, 1998

For more information contact:
Paul Tarlowe at 908-637-4125

All New Jersey students in grades 1 through 8 are invited to submit essays in the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife's 13th annual Fishing Essay Contest. The theme of this year's essay is "My Favorite Fishing Trip." A fictional account may be submitted.

"The annual essay contest is such a great opportunity for youngsters to express the excitement and enthusiasm they feel about fishing," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "We are always pleased at the degree of feeling and quality of the essays received. The variety of experiences the youngsters relate and share with teachers, classmates and families is very rewarding. As in the past, I look forward to fishing with the winners on opening day."

There will be first, second and third place winners in each of the following four categories: Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. Essays are limited to 200 words and will be judged according to originality, style, expression of ideas and proper use of English grammar.

Each winner will receive an engraved plaque as well as an assortment of fishing equipment. In addition, each winner will be invited to the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Warren County for a special VIP tour and awards ceremony. Winners will also have a chance to fish at Pequest's Fishing Education Pond with Division Director Bob McDowell on the opening day of trout season, Saturday, April 10, 1999.

Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, February 20th. Entries must include the entrant's name, address, telephone number, grade and school name. Essays become the property of the Division and will not be returned.

Submit essays to:

N.J. Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
605 Pequest Road
Oxford, New Jersey 07863