By JACL National Staff
The Go For Broke National Education Center is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 High School and College Student Essay Contest. Thirteen students will share $6,000 in prize money.
Christopher James Lindsay, a freshman at Iolani School in Honolulu, won the top prize in the high school division for his essay “Silent Heroes.” Spencer Tanaka, a sophomore at California State Polytechnic University, took home first place among college and university students. Each recipient will receive $1,000 for their achievement.
Students were asked to write about the Nisei soldier experience. In all, the GFBNEC received more than 220 essays from all over the country. Winners hail from California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland and Washington.
A panel of local student educators served as judges. Students wrote about the heroic accomplishments of the Nisei soldiers and how these men served as inspiration in their own 21st century lives.
“This contest provided a wonderful opportunity for students to connect to the Nisei veteran story in a meaningful way and ensure that the lessons embodied in these heroic stories are not forgotten,” said Don Nose, president of the GFBNEC.
GFBNEC acknowledges the Pacific Global Investment Management Co and an anonymous donor for sponsoring its cash prize awards.
The 30 winning essays will be presented in a booklet at the Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sept. 27 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles.
For more information, visit www.goforbroke.org.
Originally published on August 22, 2014