Students Invited to Participate in Genocide Commemoration Essay Contest

High School students from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania are invited to participate in an essay contest to actively support the 94th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration, which will be held at Times Square in New York on Sun., April 26 from 2-4 p.m. Co-sponsors of the contest include the Knights & Daughters of Vartan and Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development organization.

The question to address in the essay is: “Why is it important for you and the world to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide?” The essay should be 800 words maximum, double-spaced, 11-point Arial type.

One winner and two runner ups will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges. The first-place winner will receive $300; the second-place runner up will receive $200; and third-place will receive $100. The winners will also be recognized at the commemoration at Times Square on April 26 and depending on time constraints, may read their essays.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 27, 2009. The three winners will be contacted directly and announced to the mainstream and Armenian media the week of Monday, April 13. To submit your essay, email Taleen Babayan at

Make sure to include your full name, age, teacher’s full name, subject area, name of high school, year in school, hometown/state, phone number, and email address at the top of each page of the essay.

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