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Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies' Announcement
Marie G. Wanek High School Essay Contest 2014
For High School Students

Each year the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS) awards prizes for the best essay examining a topic related to Asia written by high school students in the Mid-Atlantic Region. For the 2014 essay contest, the first place winner is awarded a $300 prize, the teacher is awarded a $100 prize.  Student and teacher are recognized during the annual fall meeting.  In 2014, the meeting is held jointly with the NYCAS at Hofstra University during the fall conference in September 2014. The first place winner, teacher, and parents are also invited to attend the conference panels. The first place essay is posted on the MAR/AAS website. Second and third place winners are honored with certificates, as well as having their names, the titles of their works, teacher names, and schools noted on the MAR/AAS website. All participants receive a certificate of participation, honoring the rigorous challenges that they have undertaken.

The 2013 winning essays  include first place winner, Hannah Henderson-Charnow’s “In Shame and Silence: Korean Comfort Women Narratives and Redress," Bard High School Early College, under Dr. Lee Johnson.  The second place essay "The Hmong in the Modern World,” was written by Anna Hoover, of Sidwell Friends School, under the mentorship of Dr. John Flower. Rachel Sobelsohn earned third place for  “Growing Green: India’s Movement to Become Economically Sustainable," under Ms. Tara Rana of Beacon School.

Go to our website www.MARAAS.org to read some of the previous winning essays. To receive updates about MAR/AAS, join our Facebook group: ‘MARAAS Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies.’

Guidelines for Students:

  • The research paper may examine topics such as religion, history, economics, government, literature, film, the fine and performing arts related to cultures or nations of Asia (excluding the Middle East).
  • The research paper must include citations and a bibliography of sources used.
  • The body of research paper should not exceed ten double-spaced typed pages (i.e. exclusive  of footnotes and bibliography) .
  • The research paper must conform to an accepted style (APA, MLA, Chicago).
  • The entry must attach at the front of the paper an introduction page that includes the following information: student’s name; student’s grade level; student’s email, home address, telephone number; name and address of student’s current school; name of teacher under whose guidance the paper was prepared.
  • The prize recipients are announced at the Fall 2014 conference.  The first prize winner, parents, and teacher are honored at the conference annual meeting, and invited to attend the panels.
  • The winning essay is placed on the MAR/AAS website.
  • All participating students receive a certificate of participation mailed to their teachers.
  • For consideration, papers must be submitted between May 1 and June 30, 2014, to nsohail09@gmail.com  .

The Asian Studies Essay Contest is supported by income from a fund established in memory of Marie G. Wanek, a scholar and teacher dedicated to Asian studies, and a former president of MAR/AAS.