February 16, 2001

UCSD Joins With Community in Sponsoring Cesar Chavez Essay Contest

The University of California, San Diego is joining with the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee in sponsoring an essay contest for San Diego County students to honor the life and achievements of Cesar Chavez.

The contest, open to students in grades 7 through 12, will complement a wide range of community celebrations planned at UCSD and elsewhere recognizing the new Cesar Chavez state holiday.

Chavez, who founded and led the first successful farm-workers union in American history and was a principal figure in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, died in 1993, March 30 has been designated a state holiday in his honor.

The deadline for essay submissions is March 12. All students are encouraged to enter by writing on the following theme: How Has Cesar E. Chavez Influenced My Life, and What Impact Has His Work Had, Or Will Have, On My Future?

Entries must be 500 words in length (or limited to two pages), typewritten using 12-point font, and double-spaced. Essays should be in English, except for students currently in English Language Proficiency classes. An essay application must be attached to all entries, and students must be careful to follow further contest guidelines on the application. Participants may obtain applications from their school principal's office or guidance counselor.

Entries will be judged on such qualities as originality, historical accuracy, personalized viewpoint, and proper use of grammar. Winning essays will be selected by representatives of the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Committee, and members of the UCSD faculty, staff and students body.

Award categories and prizes will consist of:

Three grand prize winners, who will each receive a brand new computer.

Second prize - A $750 Savings Bond for the student's college fund.

Third prize - A $500 Saving Bond for the student's college fund.

Fourth prize - A $250 Savings Bond for the student's college fund.

Honorable Mention - A certificate of commendation.

Honorable mention prizes will be awarded in each of the five geographical regions serviced by UCSD's Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) areas - North County Central County, East County, and South County.

Winning authors will be invited to read this essays at the Third Annual Cesar E. Chavez Breakfast to be held on March 30 at the San Diego Convention Center. Winners will also be recognized at an April 8 event at UCSD and at other community celebrations honoring Chavez.

Completed essays should be sent to: Reflections on Cesar E. Chavez Essay Contest: UCSD/EAOP, Student Center Complex B, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0305.

For further information, please contact Marc Chavez, UCSD essay contest coordinator, at (858) 822-4256, or mchavez@ucsd.edu.

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