The Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) High School Essay Contest is for area high school juniors and seniors.   Have a chance to win up to $1,000.

Must be a high school junior or senior enrolled at a school in one of these counties (including homeschool): Aiken (SC), Allendale (SC), Barnwell (SC), Burke (GA), Columbia (GA), or Richmond (GA).

Each contestant must prepare his or her own essay about one of the listed topics.

Contestants must submit one (1) copy of their essay in its final form to the Contest Director by the due date of February 28, 2023. Each essay must be accompanied by an Official Student Entry Form. No faxed copies will be accepted, please email them.

Contest Criteria:
Submit a 1,000-1,500 word essay on one of three topics.

The 2023 topics are:
* There are numerous applications of nuclear technology in the medical industry, such as radioisotopes for medical diagnostics or therapies. Some of these applications have been around for many years, and other innovations are being developed. Discuss at least two (2) uses of nuclear technology in medicine and their impact on the medical industry.
* There are many differences between the generation of greenhouse gases from various energy sources, such as wind, solar, and fossil fuels compared to nuclear energy. Discuss the differences in greenhouse gas generation between these sources and nuclear energy. Consider the “cradle-to-grave” cycle of each energy source.
* Nuclear technology is being used in emerging technologies, such as supporting habitation in space, and producing energy via small-modular reactors and micro-reactors. Discuss the use of nuclear technology in emerging technologies and the potential impacts of these uses on society.

The effort involves researching a topic and preparing an essay on the subject. CNTA has books and other reference materials that may be of help to student applicants. The competition is judged by volunteer members of CNTA.

Deadline: February 28, 2023.