On Friday, July 24, 2009 Big Bluegill presents the Big Bluegill Youth Scholarship Contest.
With the help of B. Waldman, the Big Bluegill shirts, caps, mugs, stickers, etc. have been created for you to enjoy. The site charges us a specific amount for each unit sold, and exactly 10% has been added, all of which will go to the prizes for the youth winners.
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The contest will be run as follows.
Right after school (about 3 p.m. Central time) a ten question test will be presented. All Big Bluegill members who are in that age group, and all immediate family members of Big Bluegill members who are 15 and under will be eligible. The questions will be primarily science related, and all answers can be found somewhere on this website.
The contest will end on Sunday, July 26, 2009, at approximately 6 p.m.
In the event of a tie, all contestants that are tied for the maximum score will advance to "Bluegill Angling Week".
A control item will be published on Sunday, July 26, 2009, which will consist of a specific bluegill image. Contestants will be required to capture a bluegill that will be shown in a photograph on a measuring board, with the control item in the image. Then the contestants will need to provide a second photograph, with the angler and the control item in the image.
See the following two photos from a previously run contest by the NEFGA forum.
The youth angler who captures the longest bluegill during bluegill angling week wins.
The 10% profit gained through sale of Big Bluegill gear will be split into two equal segments. The first half will be given to the contest winning angler in the form of a savings bond, and the second half will be given to a randomly chosen youth contestant who advanced to the photographic round, but doesn't catch the biggest fish--also in the form of a savings bond.
Good luck. I will keep very careful records of all money that comes available for the scholarship and periodically post the current totals.
Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship fund in the form of cash or prizes is certainly welcome to do so. I know that a couple of you out there make some pretty amazing jigs!