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2009 CNTA Essay Scholarship
The results are in for this year's CNTA Essay Scholarship Competition!
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness offered three $1500 awards for upperclassmen at regional high schools (three $1000 scholarships and three $500 awards to winners' schools). In 2008, ten essays were submitted from six high schools in four counties; the 2009 competition broadened to 18 entries from two 11th Graders and sixteen 12th Graders. The three winning essays include:
- Michael Ridlehoover -- 12th Grade, Evans High School, Columbia County GA: "Advancements in Nuclear Medicine"
- Cody Pope -- 12th Grade, Evans High School, Columbia County GA: "The Safety of Nuclear Power Plants"
- Patrick Hauer -- 12th Grade, Aiken High School, Aiken County SC: "Safety of Nuclear Power Related to Other Common Risks"
This year's essay contestants were able to choose from within three topical areas:
- Safety of Nuclear Power Related to Other Common Risks
- Nuclear Technology Advances in Modern Medicine
- The Expanding Future of Nuclear Science and Technology Around the World
The CNTA Essay Committee recruited nine reviewers who judged the essays on technical content, grammar, writing quality, style, and adherence to the contest rules. The nine reviewers found great difficulty in choosing awards from entries that were judged outstanding, on the whole: At least 10 of the 18 essays were rated within the "top three" by one or more reviewer. Thank you to all of the reviewers for working hard on these reviews, and for caring about the quality of the essays.
One essay was submitted from Lexington County SC; one from Darlington County SC; three from Richmond County GA; four from Aiken County SC; and nine from Columbia County GA (all from one high school).
The winners will be presented certificates at the 'awards day' held at their high schools.
Congratulations to the winners and to the schools who participated!
Special thanks are offered to our sponsors (the Varallo family, Parsons, and CNTA) for contributing to such a worthy cause. Thanks again to the Varallos for contributing both as sponsors and essay reviewers.
If your company or you, as an individual, would like to sponsor an award, please contact the CNTA offices. We hope to expand each year to involve more students in nuclear technology.
CNTA Essay Committee Chair
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