Selma essay contest deadline Sunday

Students have chance to write an essay and win some amazing prizes as well. High school students can enter the Selma essay contest, due Sunday. Middle-school and high-school students can enter the World War II essay contest due March 31.

“There’s a writing contest that’s either speech or essay for Selma. It’s about what you do to make the world a better place through civic activity,” Language Arts teacher Lisa Rehm said.

The prizes are $5,000 for the first place winner, $2,500 for the first runner up, $1,000 for the second runner up, $500 for each of the seven honorable mentions, and $300 for each teacher/mentor who sponsors a top 10 finalist.

“The second essay contest is sponsored by the World War II Memorial Museum,” Rehm said. “The topic is ‘How do you define a hero?'”

The prizes for high school students is $1,00 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place. The winning essays will be posted on The National World War II Museum’s website with the honorable mentions.

“I want to encourage people to do [the contests],” Rehm said.  “Somebody is going to win. I would love to see it be a West Shore student, we have so much talent.”

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By Lonyee Eng