Go For Broke National Education Center Holds 2017 Essay Contest

“We’re encouraging young people to explore the importance of the WWII Japanese American veterans’ experience in today’s world,” Mitchell T. Maki, GFBNEC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said.

Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) today announced its annual essay, poetry and video competition for high school and college students, which focuses on the relevance and impact of the Japanese American WWII veterans’ experience.

The contest is open to high school (grades 9-12) and college (undergraduate and graduate) students with the option to write an essay, poem, or produce a short video. Cash prizes will be awarded to 12 winners: $1,000 (each) to the top six winners and $200 (each) to six second-prize winners. All winners will receive two complimentary tickets to attend GFBNEC’s 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner on Sept. 23, 2017 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles.

Students may write an essay, write a poem, or create a short video on one of two topics:


  • The Japanese American WWII veteran experience is still relevant to our society today. Explore one of the ways this is true.
  • Japanese American WWII veterans not only had the courage to fight against the enemy abroad; they fought for their civil rights at home. Our “Missions of Courage and Compassion” program seeks to preserve the WWII Japanese American veteran legacy of standing up for equality through projects that address contemporary issues of equality. Explore how you stand up for equality as inspired by the WWII Japanese American veterans.

“We’re encouraging young people to explore the importance of the WWII Japanese American veterans’ experience in today’s world,” Mitchell T. Maki, GFBNEC’s President and Chief…

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