Peace Essay Contest Offers $900 in Prizes to High School Students

Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace

Peace Essay Contest Offers $900 in Prizes to High School Students

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Contacts : Betsey Miklethun 770-662-5544

Minnie Ruffin 404-731-1206404-731-

Three Metro Atlanta high school students will share $900 in prizes in the 2013 Peace Essay Contest sponsored by Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace. This year, the local peace organization invites high school students ages 16 to 19 to investigate and analyze a current and controversial foreign policy issue: the use of drones in warfare.

The Peace Essay Contest encourages students to become engaged in the political debate now taking place over the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s). Participating students will submit 600-word essays by October 20th, responding to questions such as “What activities should drones be permitted to undertake?” and “Should we be concerned about other countries targeting U.S. citizens at home or abroad?”

Winning writers will receive $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $100 for third place. The judging panel of educators, writers and peacemakers will evaluate the essays on originality, content and writing style. Following the announcement of winners, Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace will hold a public program of recognition. For the previous competition, U.S. Congressman John Lewis presented the prizes to the winners.

All Atlanta-area high school students ages 16 to 19 are eligible to enter the contest. The sponsoring group encourages interested students who have not already received contest instructions through their schools to contact the organization directly at 678-654-0787or

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