Brooks to Host Essay Contest for 11th Graders, in Commemoration of 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

HARRISBURG (November 3, 2021) As the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor approaches, Sen. Michele Brooks invites 11th grade students attending schools in her Senatorial District to enter an essay contest on the significance of this turning point in history.

To enter, 11th grade students in Mercer, Crawford, southern Erie and western Warren Counties who attend schools that enroll residents of the 50th District are asked to write an original essay of no more than 750 words on “What is the importance to you of the sacrifices made at Pearl Harbor, and why must we never forget?”  

“I believe that our children’s thoughts about Pearl Harbor will be inspiring, and help to keep history and patriotism alive for a new generation of young Americans,” Brooks said.

The deadline for entry is Tuesday, December 7, 2021.  Winning students and their school districts will be announced on Friday, January 14, 2022. 

Content must be original and may only contain copyrighted content if appropriately cited. 

With the generous support of Mercer County State Bank, Anderson Coach and Travel, Acutec Precision Aerospace, Inc., Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Channellock, and Joy Baking Group, awards will be given to three students for first, second, third and fourth place, for a total of 12 awards. 

Entries will be judged on content, the effectiveness of the message and compliance with directions. Essays will be judged by an independent panel of judges and will not include Pennsylvania Senators.

Entries must be submitted through the “Essay Contest” link on Senator Brooks’ website, at

“I welcome young writers and thinkers to enter and be a part of this anniversary commemoration and our collective conversation about unity and patriotism.”                                                                               

CONTACT: Diane McNaughton             (717) 787-1322                                           

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