2021 Student Essay Challenge
Announcing the First Annual Student Essay Challenge of the Japanese American Citizens League - Arizona (JACL-AZ) Chapter! Entries are due October 1, 2021.

ELIGIBILITY
This is a new and exciting opportunity for middle school and high school students in Arizona AND affiliated with the following organizations:
JACL-AZ Chapter
Arizona Buddhist Temple
Former Phoenix Japanese Free Methodist Church
Any family members of the above organizations are eligible.

​STUDENTS GRADES 4-8
​ESSAY TOPIC - MY FAMILY OR MY HERO
Share a story about your family history or the heroes in your life! Share what you have learned about your heritage OR the legacy of Japanese Americans.

 CASH PRIZES AWARDED! (one winner per grade level)
• Grades 4-6: $100
• Grades 7-8: $150

REQUIREMENTS
The essay must meet the following specs: 
• 500 to 700 words
• Typed, double-spaced
• 12 pt. font size
• Bibliography 
• Cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, school, grade level and teacher's name.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
ESSAY TOPIC - WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN AMERICAN?
Visit the Norman Mineta Legacy Project at http://minetalegacyproject.com to learn about the life of the distinguished career of Norman Mineta who became the first Asian American mayor of a major city (San Jose, CA), a U.S Congressman, and the first Asian American cabinet member, serving two Presidents, a Democrat and Republican. How does his story inspire you, encourage you to reflect on your JA heritage, and think about what it means to be an American. 

CASH PRIZES AWARDED! 
First Prize: $500 
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $100

REQUIREMENTS
The essay must meet the following specs: 
1,000 to 1,200 words
Typed, double-spaced
12 pt. font size
Bibliography 
Cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, school, grade level and teacher's name.



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Please follow all instructions, complete the required information and submit all materials with your final essay to jaclaz.essay@gmail.com no later than October 1, 2021.