Entries Being Accepted by Go For Broke High School and College Essay, Poetry and Video Contest

Civil liberties and equality are the cornerstone of the American experience. Japanese American World War II veterans served their country at a time when the United States denied their civil rights.

High school and college students are asked to reflect on this theme in essays, poetry or videos in a contest sponsored by the Go For Broke National Education Center. In addition to cash prizes, 12 winners (top two entries from each category) and a guest are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to attend GFBNEC’s 16th annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner and enjoy an opportunity to meet Japanese American World War II veterans and their families.

GFBNEC is pleased that Pacific Global Investment Management Company is once again the presenting sponsor of this year’s contest. Their contribution is made in memory of community philanthropists Manabi Hirasaki (World War II veteran) and Sig Kagawa. Supporting sponsors are Ken and June Shimabukuro and an anonymous donor in memory of World War II veteran Masao “Mas” Takahashi.

To enter, submit a 250- to 500-word essay, a work of poetry (three typed pages or less), or a three- to five-minute video on one of the following topics:

(1) The Japanese American WWII veteran experience is still relevant to our society today. Explore one of the ways this is true.

(2) Japanese American WWII veterans not only had the courage to fight against the enemy abroad; they fought for their civil rights at home. Our Missions of Courage and Compassion Program seeks to preserve the WWII Japanese American veteran legacy of standing up for equality through projects that address contemporary issues of equality. Explore how you stand up for equality as inspired by the WWII Japanese American veterans.


• Identify your school and grade/level (what grade you are/were in for the 2016-2017 school year).