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We are pleased to announce the fifth annual Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship, sponsored by Oregon PSR and named for Del Greenfield, our first executive director. Any 11th or 12th grade high school student in Oregon may enter by submitting an original essay, poem, or narrative work (maximum 600 words) reflecting on the following question:
“The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on the Columbia River, was a major nuclear weapons production facility. It is where the plutonium was developed for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and it is now considered the most toxic site in the Western Hemisphere. Why does Hanford matter?”
Follow these links for the entry form, suggested curriculum and resources, and all peace writing scholarship details. Submissions may be sent by email (preferred) or postal mail and are due by Friday, March 8th, 2013. A panel of judges comprised of noted authors and distinguished community members will select the three winning entries. The first prize winner will receive a scholarship award of $1,000, the second $750 and the third $500.
Oregon PSR will host an awards ceremony on Friday, May 3rd at the Ecotrust Building in Portland at which the three winners will be honored. The awards will be given as part of the opening reception for the Particles on the Wall art and literature exhibit, which deals with the historic consequences of the nuclear age and Hanford, in particular.
Please help us in announcing this opportunity to all 11th and 12thgrade students and their teachers, counseling departments, and other school officials. Download the flyer and help us spread the word, or share this opportunity through Facebook.
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility appreciates all of the responses to our 2012 Greenfield Peace Writing Contest. The question we asked of Oregon high school juniors and seniors was as follows: In 1953, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." How is this statement relevant today? We received entries from students all throughout Oregon, and we were pleased to see such thoughtful responses.
Read the winning entries of Oregon PSR's 2012 Greenfield Peace Writing Contest.
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