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Essay Contest

Hello students!

The South Pasadena Lodge 290 located on Fair Oaks Avenue is giving you the opportunity to win a Cash Prize for writing a short essay. Each year, the South Pasadena Masonic Lodge chooses a different school in our community and a different essay topic. This year, students of South Pasadena High School have been selected.


You can be the winner if you provide a response to the prompt below:

New technologies in particular Artificial Intelligence (AI) are being developed and utilized in many fields, including art, music, science, movie, and many other industries. Will these AI technologies eventually replace human talent and creativity? 


  1. Take some time if needed to research the subject.

  2. Your essay should be written and uploaded to this website during the contest time window (Feb. 01, 2023 - Feb. 15, 2023).

  3. In your argumentative essay, you must establish a position on the topic, generate your ideas and provide evidence for your opinion in a three-paragraph essay. 

  4. Double-space your essay. 

  5. At the end of your essay create a table like the one shown below with your information. 

  6. Save your document as a pdf in your computer and upload it to this website. 

  7. Do your best!

At the end of your essay, create a table with your personal information like the one below. Save your essay as a pdf and upload the document to this website. 

  • Your First and Last Name 

  • Grade Level

  • Your Parent / Guardian (s) Name (s)

  • Telephone Number



Any current 9th - 12th grade student attending SPHS is eligible to participate in the Essay Contest. The contest begins February 1, 2023 and runs through February 15th, 2023 with winners announced at the end of the month of March.


The first, second, and third-place winners will be contacted by the Pasadena Masonic Lodge.

  • First place prize: $500.00

  • Second place prize: $300.00

  • Third place prize: $200.00


All entries will be judged by a panel of judges who will read and select the winners from all submissions. The top three scoring essays will be selected.



It is important you add your personal information at the end of your essay utilizing a table as mentioned above. Save your document as a pdf, and then upload it to this website. Other formats will not be accepted. 



By entering in this contest, contestants agree to the sponsor’s use of their personal information including names, phone numbers, emails and residence addresses with the purpose of contacting the winners of the contest. Participants agree to be bound by the rules of the contest and by the decisions of the sponsor which are final and binding in all respects. 

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