Winning students, their families and sponsoring teachers are invited, along with members of the public. Students read their essays and receive cash prizes and (possibly) resolutions and/or letters from elected officials. Students, sponsoring teachers, and schools receive certificates of accomplishment suitable for framing, and for students' use to support applications for college and/or jobs. A videographer records the event, and resulting DVDs are provided to families of winning students, as well as to public access TV stations for broadcasting. Light refreshments are available.