The 2024 Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) High School Essay Contest is for area high school juniors and seniors for a chance to win up to $1,000.

Eligibility: 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 29, 2024. 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 2024 topics are:
* As climate change continues to impact our lives, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is critical. Compare and contrast lifetime greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear power plants and other energy sources.
* Isotopes are commonly used for medical procedures and diagnostics. Choose at least 2 isotopes and discuss how they are sourced and used in medical applications.
* When people land on Mars, they will need energy sources to survive. Discuss how nuclear technology can be used to get to and live on Mars.

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. Outside sources are welcome, but must be cited appropriately.

The competition is judged by volunteer members of CNTA.

Deadline: February 29, 2024.  

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