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AKA Sorority Sponsors Essay Contest

By: Kelly Smith

Date Posted: 2000-01-15

During this month of January, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Ladies of Distinction on Okinawa will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their IVY AKAdemy by sponsoring a 500-650-word essay contest. The essay contest is open to students, ages 14-18. Students interested in future careers in math, science, and computer-programming areas are especially encouraged to enter this contest. While preparing their essay, students should think ahead to the future and write about a math, science or technological invention or innovation that they would like to produce in the future. Students should describe how their work would impact life in the world.

The essay should be typed and double-spaced. Essays should be sent to: PSC 80, BOX 12903, APO AP96367 or dropped off at the Counselor's office at Kadena or Kubasaki High School. Deadline for receipt of the essay is January 30th, 2000. A one hundred-dollar savings bond will be awarded to the writer of the winning essay. The winning essay will be announced on March 1st, 2000.

Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. is the oldest African American sorority in the United States, with several members in chapters within the U.S. and around the world. During the month of January, AKA Sorority, Inc. celebrates the anniversary of its IVY AKAdemy. The IVY AKAdemy was developed by AKA's international body in 1990 to help promote quality education for everyone through its programs.

The IVY AKAdemy serves as the umbrella for educational training and human resource development experiences provided by AKA chapters at the local levels. Local chapters take part in a variety of initiatives, including educational scholarships for high school seniors, voter registration drives, health and economic awareness workshops, mentorship programs, etc. An important component of the IVY AKAdemy is the Partnership in Math and Science (PIMS) Project. The purpose of the PIMS Project is to emphasize the importance of mathematics and science skills in preparing youth for the 21st century, and to encourage students to develop these skills.

Under the umbrella of the IVY AKAdemy, numerous chapters have been successful in improving the quality of life for many people.

For more information on AKA Sorority activities, contact Jackie @ 633-9075.

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