In conjunction with its Great Performances series, Kent Memorial Library is sponsoring an essay competition for high school students.

Only Housatonic Valley Regional High School students are eligible.

Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: A $100 prize for freshmen and sophomores and a $500 prize for juniors and seniors.

Entrants are asked to write an essay about his/her passion or a great performer or performance that has inspired this passion.

Submissions should be a formally developed essay of 500 words.

Entries must be submitted to the student's social studies or English teacher by April 5.

Prizes will be awarded by Meryl Streep on June 24.

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