Student contest on Korean War ends November 30

Washington students in grades 6-12 have until the end of November to take part in a contest sponsored by our Legacy Washington program (https://www.sos.wa.gov/legacy/).

Legacy Washington’s Korea 65 contest encourages students to explore the question of how the Korean War affects Washington state today. Entries can be submitted as writings, film projects or two-dimensional art. The contest ends Nov. 30.

The contest is in connection with Legacy Washington’s Korea 65 project, which includes an exhibit and a series of online profiles about Washingtonians who experienced the Korean War in different ways, including U.S. soldiers who fought in the war, a nurse who worked in a MASH unit, Korean Americans who grew up in Korea during or after the war, and others.

Korea 65 is an educational project that features a series of oral-history profiles and a public exhibit that will cast light on a forgotten conflict—one that killed millions, separated families and helped shape the Pacific Northwest. In first-person accounts, visitors to the Capitol and online readers will relive the war and the lessons we continue to learn 65 years later. This project will share stories of both courage and perseverance that shouldn’t be forgotten. Moreover, Korea 65 includes grade school curriculum to explore the connection between the war and Washington State.

This important project includes a series of online profiles and an interactive exhibit opening in September 2017 inside the State Capitol Building. The exhibit features compelling photographs, little known facts and personal artifacts. It will eventually travel to museums around the state.

Contest Details: Legacy Washington is sponsoring an art, writing and film contest for 6-12th grade students in Washington State. The contest runs from Sept. 6 to Nov. 30 of 2017. We invite educators to participate in this unique opportunity. Through the Korea 65 project, young people will explore the question of “How does the Korean War affect Washington today?” This exploration and analysis can be unveiled in multiple creative formats including writings, film projects or 2-dimensional art.

A panel of judges will choose and announce a winner from each category early in 2017 (for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12). Winners will be invited to a ceremony in the Secretary of State’s Office where they will be presented with a special certificate and gift card. Winning pieces will also be posted on the Secretary of State’s website, featured in SOS publications and appear alongside the Korea 65 exhibit.

Contest Rules: The contest is open to Washington State students in grades 6-12. Writers, artists and filmmakers are encouraged to participate and explore the question of who they are and/or who they hope to become.

Writers:

• May submit letters, essays, or poetry.

• Must submit entries no more than 1000 words.

Artists:

• Must submit original “flat/two dimensional” pieces no larger than 18” x 24”

• Must include an artist statement of no more than 100 words.

Filmmakers:

• Must submit pieces no more than 3 minutes.

• Must include citations for any references.

Judges will announce winners in 2018 from grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in the Secretary of State’s office where they will be presented with a special certificate and gift card. Winning pieces also will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website, featured in SOS publications and appear alongside the Korea 65 exhibit. For more information, contact Legacy Washington’s Laura Mott at laura.mott@sos.wa.gov or 360-902-4171.

                      – Office of Secretary of State

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