Student Essay Contest with George Ariyoshi

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- An essay contest inspired by former Governor George R. Ariyoshi's book titled, Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years, will provide students an opportunity to think deeply and have a say in Hawaii's global future, say Department of Education coordinators of the project.

Students will be given the opportunity to write essays addressing the following prompt: "What do you think needs to happen in the next fifty years for Hawaii to be the best place to work and live?''

All public high school and public charter high school students currently enrolled in the Social Studies coursesof Modern History of Hawaii and/or Participation in a Democracy are invited to participate.In his book, former Governor Ariyoshi says, "'Every person has something to contribute. Speak up. Be yourselves, and you will do well.' That is the same thing I would tell young people today. 'Be yourselves. Think for yourselves. Your thoughts are important. Lead us. ... The future belongs to the young."

Prizes are offered for the winning essays. For details, please refer to the attached memorandum from Interim Superintendent Kathryn S. Matayoshi. Each participating student will receive a complimentary copy of the Governor's book, provided by the Governor. The contest, which is presented by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support (OCISS), Curriculum and Instruction Branch (CIB) in partnership with the office of former Governor Ariyoshi and, is titled "The Young Messengers of Hawaii (Na Elele Opio Ko Hawaii Nei) High School Essay Contest."

Former Governor George Ariyoshi teams with the Department of

Education in program asking students to envision Hawaii's future

Essay Contest Announcement at Press Conference

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Place: The C. Brewer Building foyer

827 Fort Street Mall

Student Essay Contest
"What do you think needs to happen in the next 50 years for Hawaii to be the best place to work and live?''

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