Society briefs

Olive Garden sponsors essay contest

Olive Garden is sponsoring an essay contest for students in first through 12th grades in the United States and Canada.

The topic of the 17th annual Pasta Tales national essay writing contest is “How would you end hunger in your community?”

The submitted essays should be between 50 and 250 words and include the student’s ideas for ending hunger in his or her local community.

The grand prize winner of the contest will receive a three-day family trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. In addition, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to bring the winner’s essay to life by supporting hunger initiatives in his or her local communities. The winners in each of the 12 grade categories will be awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant.

Pasta Tales entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden’s website at ( All entries must include the writer’s first and last name, complete address, phone number with area code, grade, date of birth including year and a statement that the work is his or her own. Entries must be postmarked by March 22 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 33308-1916.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden.

Nominations accepted for Kohl’s scholarships

Nominations for outstanding young volunteers for the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will be accepted from Feb. 1 to March 15 at ( Nominators must be 21 or older.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,000 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card. More than 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education.

Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

Verendrye offers ‘student opportunities’

Students whose parents are served by Verendrye Electric Cooperative have until Jan. 31 to submit an essay to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. They must currently be sophomores or juniors in high school. Full details can be found by going to ( and clicking on the yellow banner that says “Student Opportunities!” or by calling Verendrye Community Relations Manager Tom Rafferty at 852-0406.

Students can enter the contest by writing an essay no longer than two pages on this topic: “In choosing a career in the energy industry, what type of job would you be most interested in and why?”

The trip takes place June 15-21.

Minot Camera Club January awards

The Minot Camera Club competition for the month of January was “People.” The judge was Jason Gemar from Gemar Photography in Minot. There were 110 photographs entered in the competition.

Coming out on top in the Color division was an untitled photo by Kyra Hanson. Placing first in the digitally altered category was Shelly Adams, with her photo entitled “Magic on Ice.” First place in the black and white division was “Ripple of Life,” taken by Ann Cantone. All winning photographers are from Minot.

Also having photographs that placed, thus qualifying for year-end competition, were Ellen Fenner, Betty Nordstrom, Mary Swafford, Tammi Berg. Judy Valgran, Shirley Gorthy, Johnnie Gorthy and Colin Thompson, all of Minot.