First, second, and third prize awards were announced at the Awards Banquet on June 21. Wendy Cai of Tempe, Arizona, was awarded the first prize $10,000 college scholarship for writing the best essay out of 50 state winners on the topic of youth and violent conflict.
Cathy Sun of Williamsville, New York took second prize and a $5,000 scholarship, and Anita Hofschneider of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands won third prize and a $2,500 scholarship.
This year more than 1,000 students submitted entries to the National Peace Essay Contest while thousands more participated in related writing and other classroom exercises in high schools around the country.
Over the years, more than 1,300 state winners have participated in the Washington Awards Week. Many of these "alumni" have gone on to study foreign policy issues in college, or have pursued careers in international affairs.
This year, the U.S. Institute of Peace's National Peace Essay Contest staff organized an exciting program for the state winners during their week in Washington. Activities included:
- A challenging three-day simulation
- Meetings with knowledgeable speakers such as distinguished foreign policy scholars and public officials in Congress and the Administration
- Visits to historic national monuments and museums
- An awards banquet where all of the state winners were honored and the national winners announced
- View the 2006-2007 Essay Contest Topic
- Download the 2006-2007 Guidebook
- Download the 2006-2007 Study Guide