Do you know a high school student who has writing skills and a passion for Eddie Aikau? If so, this might be a great opportunity to earn some much needed teen-cash.
The Eddie Aikau Foundation offering more than $5,000 in cash prizes to winners of the 2016 Eddie Aikau Essay Contest. The “Eddie Went” contest is open to 7th through 10th grade students who are currently enrolled in public or private schools in Hawaii. The Foundation will present $500 to the first place winners, $350 to second place winners and $250 to third place winners. The contest also will give out two $100 honorable mention awards.
The Foundation is looking for essays that examine the continuing impression made by the legendary big wave surfer and heroic lifeguard. The essays should reflect the impact Aikau has made in the lives of the writer and the public.
Students entering the essay contest are instructed to use the contest title, “Eddie Went,” as a writing prompt. The Foundation then encourages the students to explore what it is about Aikau’s strength, spirit, knowledge and power (mana) that continues to attract worldwide attention; students should answer the question: how has the mana of Eddie Aikau made a difference?
There will be English and Hawaiian Language Divisions. Awards in the English division will be given to winners in each grade level; because there are fewer Hawaiian Language applicants, all grade levels will be combined with only one set of awards in that division.
The essay contest will be judged on three main criteria: essay content, presentation and writing skill. The submitted work must show that the writer has insight and understanding behind their words. The work must also reflect the voice of the writer, and reflect Aikau’s values.
All essays must be the student’s original work. Additional guidelines require the essay be a maximum of 1,000 words and must be typewritten, double-spaced, and in 12 point font. Each essay should have a title that captures the idea of the work; and the essay must not reveal the student’s name. Two hard copies must be submitted and the essay must be available as an MS Word document.
Contest applications and additional information are available through the Eddie Aikau Foundation website, Eddieaikaufoundation.org.
The deadline for applications and completed essays is Sept. 24. Winners will be notified on Oct. 10.
Photo courtesy Eddie Aikau Foundation