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Write to Ignite is a semi-annual essay competition that provides members of our High School Ambassador Program (HAP) a chance to win the top prize of $500 plus $100 for their high school business department. 

Theme: The next Write to Ignite theme will be launched March 1 2021

Timeline: March 1, 2021 - April 12, 2021

Student Prizes:
1st: $500 + $100 for school business department
2nd: $250
3rd: $100

Teacher Prize: $100 e-gift card

This essay is opinion based but must be supported by research and include references. 

Essay format requirements:

  • Title page that includes the following: student name, HAP ID number, student email address, school name and address, teacher name and email address
  • Typed, 12-point font 
  • Arial font 
  • Double spaced 
  • 1-inch margins 
  • Include page numbers
  • Provide a full bibliography using MLA style guidelines

Your essay will be assessed on: 

  • Creativity and originality 
  • Clarity and language 
  • Spelling and grammar 
  • Adherence to the essay theme

Submission Guidelines:

  • Send your essay by email to [email protected] with the subject line "Write to Ignite entry”
  • Your essay should be written and saved as a Word or PDF document and submitted as an email attachment
  • Make sure to include your full name and HAP ID in the body of the email

For complete contest details, see Rules and Regulations.

Any questions, please contact [email protected].


Congratulations to the Fall 2020 Write to Ignite winners

Theme: What business or business concept has thrived in 2020, and why?

1st Place $500 - Adam Conn, Oakville
Leisure Gardening: A Growing Business Concept in 2020

2nd Place $250 - Tanya Lu, Mississauga
ThredUP: An Unlikely Beneficiary of COVID-19

3rd Place $100 - Maria Barbosa, Kanata
2020: The Year of Uncertainty and E-commerce

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