15th NASeA/ANMA Joint Convention

Announcement, News

Joint Convention 2015 : Writing Contest

Writing Contest

The Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA) and the Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA) are announcing the annual student writing contest. The contest is open to all high school, middle school, and elementary school students living in North America.

The goal of this contest is to increase awareness of Nepali culture in order to preserve our culture and ultimately gain a better understanding of ourselves.

Listed below are brief details regarding the individual contest for high school, middle school and elementary school participants. For detailed information regarding guidelines, eligibility, submission date, judging committee, and judging criteria, please read the corresponding attachment 

Elementary School Memoir Contest

Announcement Middle School Memoir Contest

High School Memoir Contest

We would like to invite all interested students to participate and play vital role in making our effort successful.

Sushama Pradhan, Ph.D.
Committee Chair,
NASeA/ANMA Student Writing Contest, 2015

High School Contest
Essay: Rebuilding the Lost Heritage
If you were a policy-maker how would you plan on rebuilding historic monuments destroyed and damaged by recent massive earthquake in Nepal?
What will be your short-term priority and your long-term agenda? Since thousands of historical monuments have been affected by the earthquake, how would you prioritize where to begin the recovery process? What kind of infrastructure would you reinstate?

(Guideline: The essay should incorporate a plan for rebuilding both completely destroyed and extensively damaged monuments in Nepal. The essay should also discuss how Nepal can hand down its cultural heritage to future generations).

Awards & Recognition:
The first-place winner will be awarded a prize of US $300 along with an award certificate. The second and third place winners will receive $100 and $50 respectively, along with an award certificate. The top three essays will also be published in NASeA’s upcoming Yeti View Point magazine. The winners will be honored during NASeA/ANMA joint convention during Labor Day Weekend 2015 in Greensboro/High Point, North Carolina.

Middle School Contest
Memoir: Devastated by the Earthquake

Discuss your memories regarding any place in Nepal that has been damaged by the recent earthquake. If you have not personally visited the location of choice, you may write from the perspective of someone who has, such as your parents.

Also discuss the state of the location after the earthquake. For example, the earthquake has given Nepal a chance to rebuild for the better. Therefore, what (if any) did you not like about the location prior to the earthquake and how can this concern be addressed during the reconstruction?

(Guideline: The essay should discuss a physical location – any city, village or an area such as Durbar Square).

Awards & Recognition:
First, second, and third place winners will be awarded a prize of US $100, $75 and $50 respectively along with an award certificate. The top three narrative writings will also be published in NASeA’s upcoming Yeti View Point magazine. The winners will be honored during NASeA/ANMA joint convention in Labor Day Weekend 2015 in Greensboro/High Point, NC.

The award for the middle school writing contest is sponsored by Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota and Ms. Sabina Sapkota of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Elementary School Contest

Show and Tell: Lost Heritage of Nepal

Assume that you have to do a “Show-and-tell”, except instead of telling, you will be writing. Choose one famous Nepali temple, building, or place that has been destroyed or damaged by the recent earthquake in Nepal. Ask your parents to provide a picture of the object and write about it. Please do not forget to send us your picture along with your writing.

(Guideline: 1. Write about any historically significant temple, building, or place that has been damaged/destroyed by the recent earthquake in Nepal. 2. Attach a picture of your show and tell).

Awards & Recognition:
Elementary school “Show and Tell Nepal” contests’ first, second, and third place winners will be awarded a prize of US $100, $75 and $50 respectively along with an award certificate. The top three writings will also be published in NASeA’s upcoming Yeti View Point magazine. The winners will be honored during NASeA/ANMA joint convention in Labor Day Weekend 2015 in Greensboro/High Point, North Carolina.

The award for the elementary school essay competition is sponsored by Mr. Madhab Mainali and Sita Mainali from Huntsville, Alabama.