The Germans from Russian Heritage Society is sponsoring its annual youth essay contest for students. The purpose of this contest is to encourage students to learn about the history of the German-Russian ethnic group. This year's theme is "Germany/Russia/Americas ... Giant Steppes Toward Freedom."
"Genealogy is a rapidly growing interest in our society; exposure to the study of family heritage and to the history of the German-Russians helps to stimulate a lifelong interest in family and ethnic history," says a news release.
The contest is open to all students in public, private, parochial or home schools and universities, subject to the age categories below. The subject of the paper must be related to the German-Russian Heritage and must be the contestant's original work; however, the student does not need to be of German-Russian heritage to enter the contest.
International winners will be chosen in each of the following categories: middle school (sixth through eighth grades), high school (ninth through 12th grades), and university or college undergraduate.
The completed essay and entry form must be postmarked by April 20.
Participants have the opportunity to win a $500 or $250 college scholarship. Cash awards, trophies and certificates will also be awarded. The winning essays will be announced at the 2005 GRHS Convention, which will be held in Pierre July 14 through 17. Contest information and entry blanks can be obtained by calling Vera Hoff at (605) 718-4116. Her e-mail address is email@example.com.