Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Essay Writing and Logo Making Contest

"The Hafa Adai and Tirow Way!" Essay and Logo Contests

The "Hafa Adai - Tirow Spirit Committee" a new Ad-hoc committee of the Marianas Visitors Authority Board of Directors is kicking off its work with a logo contest for island artists and an essay contest for students grades 7-12.

"A major component of the MVA's strategic goals is bringing our unique spirit of hospitality, greetings, generosity and warmth to all of our visitors," said Committee Chair Robert H. Hunter. "The Hafa Adai-Tirow Spirit Committee will propose and carry out programs that will forward this effort."

Anticipated programs will include visitor greetings, student and community workshops, employee incentive programs, exhibits, cultural performances, and activities that address improved signage, crosswalks and driver education, public art, cultural landmarks and other related programs and projects.

"It is the goal of the committee to coordinate its efforts with the many organizations that represent the various segments of our community so that all areas of our community work together towards our collective success," Hunter said.

The Logo Contest is open to all resident artists of the CNMI of any age. Logo designs must illustrate the theme "The Hafa Adai and Tirow Way!", must incorporate the theme text, must work well in black and white, and must work well when reduced down to 2.5 inches. Artists may submit as many logo designs as they wish. All submissions must include the name, telephone number and address of the artist. The deadline for submissions is 4:30 pm, December 27, 2007. Logo designs must be submitted to the front office of the Marianas Visitors Authority, San Jose, Beach Road. A first place prize of $250.00 will be awarded for the winning logo. Additional first place prizes, as well as, second and third place prizes will be announced. Awards will be presented at the Garapan Street Market in early January.

The Essay Contest is open to all CNMI students grades 7-12. Essays must address the question, "What can I do to show 'The Hafa Adai and Tirow Way!'?". Essays must be between 400-500 words, be the original work of the student, and be typewritten on plain white paper or legibly hand written on white lined paper. All submissions must include the name of the student, school, grade, address and phone number. The deadline for submission is 4:30 pm, December 27, 2007. Essays must be submitted to the front office of the Marianas Visitors Authority, San Jose, Beach Road. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. Prizes will be announced in the coming weeks. The winning essay will be printed in its entirety in the Saipan Tribune and awards will be presented at the Garapan Street Market in early January.

Complete Logo Contest and Essay Contest guidelines are available at the Marianas Visitors Authority office, the NMI Museum Office, or you may contact Robert Hunter at telephone 664-2160/4 if you would like the guidelines faxed or emailed to you.

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