To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Go For Broke National Education Center presents its 2020 High School and College Essay and Poetry Contest.

In addition to cash prizes, four winners (grand prize entry from each category: essay and poetry high school division and essay and poetry college division) will receive two complimentary tickets (travel accommodations not included) to the GFBNEC’s 19th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles.

Winners will enjoy an evening of fine dining and entertainment and will meet Japanese American World War II veterans and their families.

To enter, submit a 300-500 word essay, or a work of poetry (three typed pages or less), on one of the following topics:

  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of World War II, yet the Japanese American World War II veteran experience is still relevant to our society today. Explore one of the ways this is true.
  • Research one Japanese American World War II soldier, and highlight elements of their experience that are most meaningful to you.

Submissions are accepted until Sunday, June 28 by emailing For more information visit the website


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