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December 24, 2007

High School Students Can Compete in Nationwide Essay Contest

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning is encouraging area high school students to participate in the American Planning Association's second annual essay contest.

"The goal of this contest is to encourage high school students to address one of the critical planning issues facing their communities today," said David Turner, Director for the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "The essay assignment, 'Creating a Green Neighborhood Plan,' was chosen to promote awareness of all the elements that go into making a great neighborhood."

The contest is open to all students who are juniors or seniors during the 2007-2008 academic year. This includes students who are home-schooled or enrolled in a high school equivalency program. Contestants must be residents of the United States or a U.S. territory. U.S. citizens living abroad are also eligible to participate in the contest.

Online submissions are due by Jan. 15, 2008.

"By responding to this challenging essay question, we hope that students will have a deeper understanding of their community," said Turner. "Moreover, they will learn how planning is part of the democratic process that creates communities of lasting value and understand how the knowledge and skills they are developing will prepare them for taking part in that process."

The first place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship along with registration and a travel stipend to attend one of the APA's National Planning Conferences. Ten students will receive an honorable mention award and a $100 gift certificate to the APA's PlanningBooks.com.

Winners of the contest will be announced on March 15.

To learn more about the essay topic or the APA, visit www.planning.org/ncpm . For more information, call the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning weekdays at 349-8292 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 8292.

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