Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk are holding an essay contest in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in the essay contest to support the world-wide efforts to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its centennial anniversary.
Winners will be awarded a scholarship, flown up to the State Capitol on April 20th, 2015 to take part in the Legislature’s centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, and receive special recognition from the Assemblymen. In addition to being recognized by the caucus, winning entries will be displayed at a special exhibit dedicated to Armenians at the California State Museum in Sacramento.
The three winners will be contacted directly and announced to the mainstream and Armenian media on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
The State of California and 43 U.S. States have joined over 20 governments around the world recognizing the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish regime a century ago. The Government of Turkey threatens to retaliate against nations, including the United States, who recognized the Genocide (HR 148, 1975).
Write a letter to President Obama, discussing actions the United States should take regarding the Armenian Genocide and persuading the Republic of Turkey away from denying its past history.
Please see the attached materials for historical context.
Copies of submissions will be transmitted to the White House and posted online.
Paper Format: 500 words, double-spaced 12-point font.
Please include your name, age, high school, grade, teacher’s name and subject area, city, phone #, and email address at the top of the essay.
Essay Deadline is Monday, April 6, 2015.
Please email essay submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the following links for historical context:
A Brief History of the Armenian Genocide:
New York Times –“Allies Punish Turks Who Murder” May 24, 1915
New York Times – “Armenians Dying In Prison Camps” August 21, 1916
New York Times – “Armenian Editor Is Slain In Turkey” January 20, 2007
CNN – Pelosi Says “She’ll Press On With Armenian Genocide Resolution” October 14, 2007
New York Times – “Thousands in Turkey Protest Verdict in Journalist’s Murder” January 19, 2012