Students invited to write cancer-related essays

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Press Release

LAPLACE – High school students in St. John Parish will have the opportunity to express their thoughts about the American Cancer Society Relay For Life through this year’s essay contest entitled, “Why Do I Relay?”

Students will have a choice to write under three categories: as a cancer survivor, a personal experience with a loved one or as a supporter of the event.

Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate. First, second and third place winners will be announced in each category. The top winners in each category will have an excerpt of their essay published in the L’Observateur.

All place winners will have their essays displayed at the Relay For Life event on May 1 at the Joe Keller Memorial Stadium and will receive a certificate and Relay For Life gift bag.

All essays should be no longer than 500 words and must be in 12-point type. Each participant should include his/her name, grade, school, telephone number and chosen category. Essays should be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 21 and mailed to: St. John Relay For Life, c/o Bobbie Zaidain, 1956 Carrollwood Drive, LaPlace, LA 70068. The winners from each category will be announced Friday, April 30.

Relay For Life is an overnight fund-raising event filled with activities, food and community spirit. All funds-raised at Relay For Life support American Cancer Society programs designed to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through research, education, advocacy and patient services.