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2018 CNTA Essay Scholarship
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Essay Contest
Three area high school seniors each earned a $1,000 cash prize in the 2018 CNTA High School Essay Contest. Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), an Aiken-based nuclear education organization, recently announced the winners of its 12th annual writing contest
Their winning essays are linked below in Portable Document Format (PDF), with authors alphabetical by surname. Please use your browser's "back" button to return to this page.
Jim Marra, CNTA Director, said the quality of the nuclear-themed essays and video this year is promising.
"It's reassuring to know that the upcoming generation of professionals is so knowledgeable, passionate, and astute about nuclear technology advancement," Marra said. "It's a growing industry, not only in our area, but worldwide. These students have a bright future if they continue on the track they are on now."
Alexander Bates - Lakeside High School
Caleb Kerr - South Aiken High School
Ankita Shah - Evans High School
In addition to the $1,000 prize, the winners' schools will each receive $500 for classroom supplies and equipment.
Each student picked one of three topics for this year's contest: the importance of nuclear isotopes in medicine and the U.S. dependence on foreign supply; the effect of nuclear plant closures on the stability of the electric grid, the surrounding economy, and greenhouse gas emissions; and the risks of on-site radioactive waste storage at generator facilities vs. the risks associated with transporting radioactive material to long-term storage facilities or repositories.
The contest was open to high school juniors or seniors in Aiken, Allendale, and Barnwell counties in South Carolina, and Burke, Columbia, and Richmond counties in Georgia; homeschool students; and students of CNTA member famillies. The winners, their families, and a teacher of the winner's choice will be honored at the upcoming Teller Lecture and Banquet to be held October 18, 2018.
CNTA is an Aiken-based charitable educational organization dedicated to providing factual information about nuclear topics and educating the public on nuclear issues. The annual essay contest is one of many educational projects sponsored by CNTA that include the annual Teller Lecture and Banquet, monthly Up & Atom breakfasts, an interactive nucleus exhibit at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, a speaker's bureau, and periodic teachers' workshops that assist middle and high school teachers in bringing nuclear science topics into the classroom.
Current junior and senior high school students in these counties, and current CNTA members' family regardless of their county of enrollment, were invited to submit a 1,000-1,500 word essay on one of the following topics:
- In light of the recent hurricane events, compare the reliability of the electricity supply generated by nuclear power to other sources of electricity which support the grid.
- Discuss how maintaining a strong nuclear science and technology infrastructure is important for the national security of the USA. This discussion should encompass both civilian and defense aspects.
- Discuss the value of nuclear technologies and radioisotopes to the world's food supply.
The effort involves researching a topic and preparing an essay on the subject. CNTA has books and other reference materials that may be of help to student applicants.
The competition is judged by the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness staff and representatives from the general membership.
- The essay contest winner(s) will receive a $1,000 scholarship while their school will be awarded $500.
- Contest winners will be recognized at the annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet.
- Essay Contest Flyer (PDF Format)
- 2018 Essay Contest Rules (PDF Format)
- Downloadable Student Entry Form (Microsoft Word Format)
Dates and Requirements
February 28, 2018: Deadline date for essay submittal. The essay submittal must include a completed Official Student Entry Form. Electronic submittal is preferred.
Electronic Submittal: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Mail To: CNTA - Attention: Dr. Marissa Reigel - 1204 Whiskey Rd, Suite B, Aiken SC 29803-4318
March-April 2018: Notification of CNTA essay winner(s).
October 2018: Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet.
Visit the 2017 Essay Contest Page
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Visit the 2015 Essay Contest Page
Visit the 2014 Essay Contest Page
Visit the 2013 Essay Contest Page
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Visit the 2011 Essay Contest Page
Visit the 2010 Essay Contest Page
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