Interested school personnel should first identify a participating CBAI member bank in their area, then appoint a committee to screen manuscripts before mailing them to the sponsoring bank (committee may consist of a counselor, English teacher, and one other community member — a banker is optional). This group should eliminate all essays of poor quality and those that do not adhere to the guidelines. It should select the best five or six essays and submit them to the sponsoring bank, which will then select a maximum of three essays to send on to the state competition.

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