SACRAMENTO—Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk are holding an essay contest in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in the essay contest to support the world-wide efforts to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its centennial anniversary.

Winners will be awarded scholarship money, flown up to the State Capitol on April 20th, 2015 to take part in the Legislature’s centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide and receive special recognition from the Assemblymen. In addition to being recognized by the caucus, winning entries will be displayed at a special exhibit dedicated to Armenians at the California State Museum in Sacramento.

The three winners will be contacted directly and announced to the mainstream and Armenian media on Monday, April 15, 2015.

Essay Criteria
The State of California and 43 U.S. States have joined over 20 governments around the world recognizing the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish regime a century ago. The Government of Turkey threatens to retaliate against nations, including the United States, who recognized the Genocide (HR 148, 1975).

Write a letter to President Obama, discussing actions the United States should take regarding the Armenian Genocide and persuading the Republic of Turkey away from denying its past history.

Copies of submissions will be transmitted to the White House and posted online.

The essay should be 500 words, double-spaced, with 12-point font.

Please include your name, age, high school, grade, teacher’s name and subject area, city, phone number, and email address at the top of the essay.

The first place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, while the second and third place winners will receive $500 and $300, respectively.

The deadline for the essay is Friday, April 6, 2015. Please email essay submissions to

Source: Asbarez