APPLE RIVER — The Eagle Nature Foundation recently released the rules for its 2020 Bald Eagle Essay Contest to be held during its Fall Eagle Fest on Sept. 19 in Galena.

The essay contest is open to all students from both public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. The essay must be titled “What the Bald Eagle Means to Me” and be 500 words or less.

The contest will be divided into high school and junior high. Each division will have four winners. First place will receive $100, second place will receive $50. Third place will receive $25 and fourth place will receive $10. The school with the first place winner in each division will receive $50 and a plaque. There is no cost for a student to enter the contest.

The entries must be postmarked before Sept. 1 so they can be prejudged. Only the top four entries in each division will be eligible for the awards. Each school is allowed to enter only four students in each division. The top four students in each division will be notified by Sept. 14, so they can make arrangements to come to Fall Eagle Fest on Sept. 19. At the festival, they must orally present their essays to be eligible for an award. Presentations will take place at 11 a.m. and the awards will be presented at 1 p.m.

Each of the essay winners in each division will get a free ticket into the Fall Eagle Fest.

Any student or teacher interested in entering this essay contest may request a copy of the rules and an application from the Eagle Nature Foundation, 300 East Hickory Street, Apple River, IL 61001. Each essay must have a copy of the entry form attached to the essay.

For information: 815-594-2306.