GARIFUNA COALITION Announces Third Annual Garifuna Heritage Essay Contest For Garifuna American High School Students. Money Awarded to Winners. DEADLINE is FRIDAY, February 28th 2014

Garifuna Coalition Announces it's Third Annual Garifuna Heritage Essay Contest.  Photo from paper.pencil.pen.blogspot.com

Garifuna Coalition Announces it’s Third Annual Garifuna Heritage Essay Contest. Photo from paper.pencil.pen.blogspot.com

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Bronx, New York — Garifuna non-profit organization, The Garifuna Coalition has announced it’s Third Annual Domitila Flavia Fernandez Saravia Essay Contest for Garifuna American High School Students.  This essay contest is intended to encourage Garifuna High School students to examine and honor their Garifuna-American legacy by writing and submitting an essay on what Being Garifuna means to them.

Garifuna Coalition announces its Third Annual Garifuna Heritage Essay Contest.  Photo from survivingcollege.com

Garifuna Coalition announces its Third Annual Garifuna Heritage Essay Contest. Photo from survivingcollege.com   

The late Domitila Flavia Fernandez Saravia, was born In Saraguina, Honduras on May 7th, 1944 to Juana Saravia Flores & Damian Loredo. A proud Garifuna woman who raised and educated ten children, promoted Garifunaduaü (“Garifuna-ness” in the Garifuna Language) and served as the repository of the Garifuna culture’s ancient wisdom, even after migrating to New York City in the early 1980’s.

Each student this year is to write an essay entitled “What does it mean to be Garifuna-American?” telling in at least 500 words how they manifest Being Garifuna in the world today.

Some of the Participants in last year's (2013) Garifuna Essay Contest pose with Jose Francisco Avila of The Garifuna Coalition, Former Consul General of Guatemala in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania Mr. Oscar Padilla Lam, Sponsor of the Essay Contest Ms. Araceli Nunez, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr and Sulma Arzu-Brown of The Garifuna Coalition.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Some of the Participants in last year’s (2013) Garifuna Essay Contest pose with Jose Francisco Avila of The Garifuna Coalition, Former Consul General of Guatemala in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania Mr. Oscar Padilla Lam, Sponsor of the Essay Contest Ms. Araceli Nunez, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr and Sulma Arzu-Brown of The Garifuna Coalition. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Students in grades nine through twelve are invited to participate in the essay contest. The deadline for essay submission is February 28th, 2014, 3 p.m. Students may submit their essays by email to the Garifuna Coalition USA, at [email protected]   (Click here to download Entry Form)

PRIZES: The prizes are sponsored by Ms. Domitila Flavia Fernandez Saravia’s daughter Araceli Nunez.

Sponsor of The Garifuna Essay Contest, Ms. Araceli Nunez.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Sponsor of The Garifuna Essay Contest, Ms. Araceli Nunez. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

First-place winner receives $300. Second place receives $200. Third place receives $100.

The essay must contain at least 500 words.

  • The essay must be original.
  • The essay must be typed and double spaced.
  • The essay must have a cover sheet with your name, telephone number, high school and grade.

All essays are due by February 28th, 2014, 3 p.m.

Winners will read their essays at the Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the Proclamation Ceremony of 2014 Garifuna American Heritage Month in the Bronx.

Sponsor of The Garifuna Heritage Essay Contest, Ms. Araceli Nunez addresses the audience at the Proclamation of 2013 Garifuna American Heritage Month in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Sponsor of The Garifuna Heritage Essay Contest, Ms. Araceli Nunez addresses the audience at the Proclamation of 2013 Garifuna American Heritage Month in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

All participants will receive certificates and contest winners must be present to receive monetary awards.

 

Essays will be judged on the following criteria: Originality: 25 percent; Clarity: 25 percent; Spelling: 25 percent; Grammar: 25 percent.

 

All participants will qualify to participate in the “Lirahüñü Chatoyer” (Chatoyer’s Children) Garifuna Youth Leadership Development Program.

 

The awards will be presented during the Proclamation of 2014 Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the Bronx.

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