Columbus Landmarks Foundation has announced the five finalists for the James B. Recchie Award.

Columbus Landmarks Foundation has announced the five finalists for the James B. Recchie Award.

They are East High School; Franklin Park Conservatory Caretaker's Residence and Community Gardens; Goodwill Columbus; Grange Audubon Center and Scioto Metro Parks; and the Lincoln Theatre.

The award, in its 26th year, recognizes restored landmarks, newly constructed structures and improvements made to existing landmarks.

The finalists are judged on criteria such as sensitivity to the surrounding area, emotional impact and quality of mater-ials.

The winner will be announced at an Oct. 14 reception at Ohio State University.

For additional information on purchasing tickets to the awards reception, visit www.columbuslandmarks.org or call (614) 221-4508.

The Bill of Rights Institute is sponsoring its fifth annual Being an American essay contest, offering high school students and teachers the chance to win nearly $115,000 in prize money.

Top prize winners and their teachers will also receive all-expenses paid trips to Washington, D.C.

Students in grades 9 to 12 are asked to address the question, "What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?" in no more than 750 words.

The top three student winners and their teachers in nine geographical regions will be announced at an awards gala in the spring of 2011.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first place ($5,000), second place ($1,000), third place ($500) and honorable mention ($100). Both teachers and students receive the cash awards.

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 1.

Details are also available at www.BeingAnAmerican.org.