Grand Lodge, the national organization of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, is holding the 2008 annual National Essay Contest on Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 10AM to 12 PM, at various regional venues across the nation. Salinas Lodge will hold the contest at
One California St, Salinas, CA 93901

Senior high school students are invited to participate in this contest. The National Essay Contest is one of the important programs of the Grand Lodge encouraging and developing our youth. The goal is to build leadership skills for these young community leaders of tomorrow by refining good English writing skills while demonstrating the ability to present clear, logical thinking on an issue of current national relevance. Applicants are expected to prepare and write a 500 word English theme within two hours on a topic given at the beginning of the contest. Judging is conducted by a national board of Judges organized by Grand Lodge. Top essays are evaluated for originality, clarity of thought and expression, and correctness of grammar and spelling.

National awards include
  • $1,000 and a Certificate of Recognition for the Best 2004 essay,
  • $700 and a Certificate for Second,
  • $500 and a Certificate for Third.
  • There are a maximum of 10 additional Awards of Merit, each including a $100 award and a Certificate. Merit Awards will be called "National or "Regional" depending on the national ranking of the winning participant.

For further information, contest location and an Official Entry Blank,

  • To download a copy of a Official Entry Blank form, click on PDF icon below & save file.
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For Monterey County Area - Contact: Candice Chin, 628 Melrose Dr. Salinas, CA 93901; Tel. 831-424-3387 Entry forms must be postmarked no later than March 5, 2008 & sent to the above address.

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