APEC opportunity for 5 lucky Hawaii students

HONOLULU - Five Hawaii high school students will be given an amazing opportunity to attend the APEC meetings in November.

The host committee is putting on an essay contest, and the five winners will be selected to take part in this massive economic summit which involves 21 nations.

"The youth essay contest is an outstanding way to engage our local youth and provide them with a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of APEC," said Peter Ho, Hawai'i Host Committee Chair. "Being able to present five of Hawai'i's high school students with the opportunity to hear from world leaders and global CEOs is one of the many benefits APEC has brought to our community."

The contest asks applicants to submit an essay of up to 750 words answering the question "Why is sustainability important to you, Hawai'i and APEC?" Students should focus on Hawaii's economic future and the role that sustainability plays in balancing the needs of Hawaii's growing economy while protecting its environment and resources in a socially responsible way.

The students should also articulate the importance of sustainability and how sustainable practices will lead to an improved quality of life now and in the future.

The winning essays will be selected by a committee based on the level of reader engagement and interest, content, organization and mechanics, and style.

Winners student authors will also receive an Apple iPad and have their essays placed on the APEC Hawai'i Host Committee website. Winners residing on the neighbor islands will be provided with airfare and ground transportation to the APEC CEO Summit by the Host Committee.

Students interested in applying for the APEC 2011 High School Essay Contest can contact:

HAIS: Ryan Masa at ryan@hais.org or call (808) 973-1533

DOE: Rosanna Fukuda at rosanna_fukuda@notes.k12.hi.us or call (808) 203-5539

Essays, and all subsequent documents, much be submitted by Sept. 16, 2011.

The winning entries will be announced on Oct. 3, 2011.

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