The NFHS has supported the work of HazingPrevention.Org (HPO) in the past. But this year, the NFHS is taking a leadership role in helping HPO bring hazing prevention to the high school audience by sponsoring the National Hazing Prevention Week High School Essay Contest. This year, the contest is exclusively for high school students. National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) is September 23-27.
With more awards, we hope to attract more students to become involved and encourage more students to think about hazing prevention, to learn more about it and to perhaps begin to turn the tide on the issue.
The NFHS Citizenship and Equity Committee will assist HPO’s Contests and Awards Committee with judging the hundreds of essays submitted for the contest.
Entrants in the 2013 NHPW High School Essay Contest will submit 500-word essays relevant to the theme, “Challenge Hazing. Challenge Yourself.” Students will be asked to write about ways they welcome new members to their group, team or organization, then how that challenges hazing and challenges them on a personal level. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $150 will be awarded for the top three essays nationwide. One honorable mention will be awarded for each of the NFHS eight regional sections, with each of those winners receiving a $50 gift card.
Guidelines for the NHPW High School Essay Contest are available at www.NationalHazingPreventionWeek.com/contests. Deadline for the contest is midnight, Friday, November 1.