‘Dear Cancer’ essay contest deadline is midnight Feb. 29Free Access


The deadline is approaching for entries in this year’s eighth annual “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” high school essay contest.

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara invites students in grades nine through 12 attending schools from the West San Fernando Valley to Santa Maria who have experienced cancer to submit essays.

The entry deadline is midnight Sat., Feb. 29.

Compositions can be in the Personal category in which students write about their own cancer experience, or in the Family and Friends category if the student has had a friend or loved one with the disease.

First-place winners in both contest categories will receive a $1,000 scholarship during an awards ceremony April 4 at the Cal Lutheran University’s Lundring Events Center in Thousand Oaks.

There will be two second-place winners in each category and they will receive $500 each. Three, third-place winners in each group get $250. Essays should be a maximum of 1,500 words.

All of the essayists and their families will be invited to the April 4 awards ceremony where the winners will be announced.

Some essay material will be printed in the Acorn Newspapers.

To receive more information and an entry form, call (805) 379- 4777 or go to cancersupportVvsb.org. Or send essay directly to dearcanceritsme@gmail.com, attention Veronika Pak.