According to an old Nepalese proverb, “Opportunities come, but do not linger.” Scholarships and contests are trickling in for Guam’s high school students hoping for their big break. The Scoop rounded up a couple of promising opportunities that students can take to court, or the bank!
Students interested in law can take advantage of the 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest. Open to high school students in nine western states and two Pacific islands, the competition started Feb. 1.
This year’s theme is “150 Years after Ratification of the 14th Amendment: What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?”
Individual students are tasked with expressing their thoughts through a 500 to 1,000 words essay, or a 3- to 5-minute long video, or both! Optional teams can include up to three students.
Entries will be accepted until April 1. Cash prizes will be offered to winners from local and national levels.
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Local finalists will be announced in May, and select local entries will be submitted to the national level. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers cases from Guam in its jurisdiction, will announce national winners in June.
Awardees receive a sponsored trip for an opportunity to present their entries to the nation’s top law officials.
Judging is based on the understanding of constitutional principles, and the clarity and effectiveness expressed in their product’s theme, grammar, spelling and composition. The use of footnotes and bibliographies is required.
Last year, St. John’s School sophomore Heera Kodiyamplakkal placed second in the essay category for Guam’s competition.
“Although the contest involved a lot of research and studying the vocabulary of court cases, overall, it was a learning experience and I feel like it was worth the effort,” remarked Kodiyamplakkal.
The St. John’s Knight recommends applicants study the given prompt, look into the cases involved, and most of all – enjoy what you’re doing! The Ninth Circuit also provides additional support through their website and YouTube channel.
“I think (civics) is important because later on in life, you don’t know what’s going to happen and you can apply what you learned eventually,” Kodiyamplakkal said.
Another opportunity available to high school seniors: Bank of Guam is offering a $2,000 scholarship to students interested in attending college. Scholarship recipients will also receive a paid Bank of Guam summer internship.
This is the Bank of Guam’s seventh year offering the scholarship to students in the Micronesia region.
Applicants must be scheduled to graduate from high school in 2018, live in Guam, Palau, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia or San Francisco, California.
They must also provide acceptance letters from accredited U.S. four-year colleges and submit other required attachments with the application.
Mandatory attachments include a copy of high school transcripts, their most recent SAT or ACT test scores, three letters of recommendation and a video clip describing their life and interests.
Applicants will be selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activity, awards and achievements, essay responses and financial need.
For those seeking financial support or knowledge, consider applying for Bank of Guam’s scholarship. For those interested in the field of law, try your hand at the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest.
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