Go For Broke National Education Center Announces Annual High School, College Essay and Poetry Contest

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Cash prizes for contest focusing in relevance, legacy of Japanese American WWII veterans.

Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is pleased to announce its annual student contest that focuses on the relevance and impact of the Japanese American World War II veterans. The contest is open to high school (grades 9-12) and college (undergraduate and graduate) students. Cash prizes totaling $7,000 will be awarded to the top 12 winners. The first place student in each category will receive $1,000 in addition to two complimentary tickets to attend GFBNEC's 19th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner and Auction on August 29, 2020 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles.

Students may write an essay or poem on one of two topics:

  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, yet the Japanese American WWII veteran experience is still relevant to our society today. Explore one of the ways this is true.
  • Research one Japanese American WWII soldier, and highlight elements of the experience that are most meaningful to you.

All submissions are due by Sunday, June 28, 2020. Essays and poems must be emailed to studentcontest@goforbroke.org.

This is the eighth year that GFBNEC has encouraged young people to explore their relationship to the Japanese American veteran story. Last year, GFBNEC received entries from approximately 45 high schools, and 20 universities from all over the country.

Essays should consist of 300 to 500 words, and poems should not be longer than three typed pages. All entries should be original compositions. A panel of educators has been specially selected to serve as judges. The winners will be presented in a booklet at the 19th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner and Auction, as well as available on GFBNEC's website, http://www.goforbroke.org.

Deadline for submission is June 30, 2019; winners will be notified by July 17, 2020. College and high school students are urged to submit their essays and poems to studentcontest@goforbroke.org. For more information, please visit http://www.goforbroke.org.

Note to Media: "Go For Broke" was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Army unit composed of Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland. The term was Hawaiian slang for "shooting the works," or risking everything for the big win in gambling—as the Nisei soldiers did while fighting in the field in WWII and facing prejudice at home in the U.S.

About Go For Broke National Education Center
Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to democracy. Our goal is to inspire new generations to embody the Nisei veterans' core values of courage, sacrifice, equality, humility and patriotism. Founded in 1989, GFBNEC maintains the Go For Broke Monument and the interactive "Defining Courage" exhibition in downtown Los Angeles, as well as extensive oral histories and archives, education and training programs, and other initiatives. For more information, please visit http://www.goforbroke.org.

Media Contact:
Andie Kimura
Education Manager
(310) 222-5703 Direct

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