Students Invited To Enter NJ Hall Of Fame Essay Contest

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TRENTON—The New Jersey Hall of Fame is calling for entries to its third annual essay contest, which is open to all New Jersey students in grades four through 12.

Students are asked to nominate potential inductees – living or dead – to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Nominations can include famous people as well as ordinary citizens who do extraordinary things. Students should research or interview, if possible, the person they wish to nominate and write an essay no longer than 500 words.

Essays must be typed and double-spaced. The student must include his/her name, age, grade level as of April 1, address, phone number, parent/guardian’s name, school name, and school district. If the essay is a school project, the student should also include the name of the teacher who assigned the activity.

Nominations must be postmarked by April 1 to be eligible and mailed to: NJ Hall of Fame Contest,    NJEA, Attn: Dawn Hiltner, 180 West State Street, PO Box 1211, Trenton, NJ 08607-1211

The entries will be divided into two age categories: Intermediate (grades 4 through 8) and High School (grades 9-12). All entries will be judged by a panel comprised of teachers and New Jersey Hall of Fame representatives. The winners will be notified prior to the May 3 induction ceremony.

Each winning student and three guests will be invited as VIP guests to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 3, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The winners will also receive $500 from the NJHOF.

“Not only do our winners receive recognition and a cash prize for their accomplishment,” said Don Jay Smith, the Hall of Fame executive director, “but they, their families and teachers are our guests for our annual red carpet induction ceremony. To walk the red carpet, enjoy a historic event from prime seats and attend a special reception with many New Jersey legends makes for a tremendously enriching experience.”

The inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees included Buzz Aldrin, Clara Barton, Yogi Berra, Bill Bradley, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Malcolm Forbes, General Robert Wood Johnson, Vince Lombardi, Toni Morrison, Norman Schwarzkopf, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep and Harriet Tubman. The Class of 2009 inductees will be announced by Governor Jon Corzine in early February.

For more information about the Hall of Fame, visit www.NJHallofFame.org.


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