The 2014 B’nai B’rith International Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge will award the top local high school student a $5,000 scholarship. The challenge gives local high school students a chance to write and illustrate original books to help grade school children celebrate tolerance and diversity. The winner will also have have his or her book professionally published and donated to local schools and libraries. The second-place winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the third-place winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, the teacher who oversaw the winning entry and the school of the first-place winning student will each receive a $500 grant. The contest, which is also sponsored by Atlantic City Electric, is open to students enrolled in grades nine-12 in Cumberland, Salem, Cape May, Gloucester, Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean County public schools, or or enrolled in private, charter or independent schools within those counties. The deadline for contest submissions is March 14. For more information call (202) 857-6699.
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