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Oregon Blue Book holds essay and photo contest

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins has announced two opportunities for Oregonians to contribute to the 2017-18 Oregon Blue Book: an essay contest for students and a photo competition for the cover of the Blue Book.

The Oregon Blue Book is the official state fact book about all levels of government in Oregon, Oregon’s arts and history organizations, education systems, elections history, the state economy and how various levels of government are financed. The Blue Book is compiled and published by the Oregon State Archives, a division of the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

“Oregonians have skied, fished, hiked, boated, biked and camped across our beautiful state,” said Atkins. “There are many stories to tell, in words and image, and I encourage Oregonians to contribute. This is their state and this is their book.”

The 2017-18 Oregon Blue Book will focus on Oregon’s outdoor recreational activities and include a color insert celebrating the Pacific Crest Trail, specifically through the Oregon Cascades.

The essay contest is offered to Oregon’s elementary, middle, and high school students. This year, the questions are:

¦ Elementary school: What is your favorite thing to do in Oregon’s great outdoors? Describe a fun memory of spending time outdoors in Oregon.

¦ Middle school: Oregon is a great place to play outdoors. You can camp, raft, ski, hike, boat, surf, or just take a walk. If you have a friend coming to visit you in Oregon who has never been here before, where would you take them for a fun outdoor activity and what would you do?

¦ High school: What recommendations do you have for Oregon’s leaders about how to improve people’s access to outdoor recreation? Why is outdoor recreation an important part of Oregon’s identity?

Essay Contest information and details are online at: http://bluebook.state.or.us/misc/news/blue-book-submissions.pdf.

Selected essay winners will be included in the Oregon Blue Book and will be invited to the Capitol for the Blue Book release and celebration in 2017. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 12, 2016. Educators are encouraged to share this opportunity with their classrooms.

Submission should include student’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school name and address, contact email and phone number, and be mailed to: Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist, Oregon State Archives, 800 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97310.

The cover photo contest is open to all amateur photographers who are Oregon residents. The photos must be taken in Oregon. Photo contest guidelines and entry forms are online at: bluebook.state.or.us/misc/cover/front.htm.

Photos that meet contest guidelines and are entered electronically or are postmarked on or before Oct. 12, 2016 will be considered. Winners will be notified by Dec. 31.

Submissions for the photo contest should be submitted online at bluebook.state.or.us/misc/cover/front.htm or by postal mail to: Julie Yamaka, Managing Editor, Oregon Blue Book, Oregon State Archives, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97310.