Calling All Public Middle & High School Students:

 “Me, on Guam, December 8, 1941” Essay Contest to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of WWII Occupation
November 23, 2011
In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the December 8, 1941 bombing of Guam, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is calling on middle and high school students to participate in a special essay contest with the theme,  “Me, on Guam, December 8, 1941.”  The contest is being sponsored by Governor Calvo to encourage students to engage themselves in Guam’s history through creative writing.
“Learning shouldn’t stop at the end of the school day and history lessons shouldn’t be restricted to history class,” Governor Calvo said.  “We need to support education beyond the classroom.  This contest invites students to develop critical thinking, research and writing skills and helps them connect with Guam’s history in a personal way.”
The Governor’s Essay Contest will require students to research through history publications and/or interviews.  Students must then use the information they gather to write an imaginative essay telling a story of the December 8, 1941 bombing of Guam from a personal perspective.
The 500-700 word essays will be judged based on the quality of research, portrayal of life on Guam on December 8, 1941 and grammatical accuracy.  One middle and one high school winner will be chosen with the grand prize being an iPad courtesy of IT&E.  The two winners will read their essays during Governor Calvo’s weekly radio address the week of December 8, 2011.
The submission deadline is November 30, 2011.   All essays are due by the close of business to the Guam Department of Education Chamorro Studies or Curriculum and Instruction Divisions.  Judging will take place from December 1 — 2, 2011.
Contact Troy Torres at 475-9304 or 486-8887 for more information.

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