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Incubate Debate Essay Contest

The Sugar Festival + Incubate Debate 2024 Essay Contest is a writing competition for middle and high school students from Hendry and Glades counties to explore the importance of sugar in their local community.


The contest is open to students grades 6-12 from Hendry and Glades counties. Essays, 500-750 words in length, must address the following question:

“How has sugar shaped your community?”

Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, and overall quality. The author of the top essay will be awarded a scholarship of $500. Additionally, the teacher, advisor, or counselor who reviews the winning essay will receive $500 cash.


The winner of the essay contest will present his/her essay on the Main Stage of Sugar Festival 2023 (March 15, 2024).


Submit your essay by Friday, February 16 at 5 PM to

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