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Whitman-Walker high school essay contest

AIDS Walk asks students to write about stopping spread of HIV/AIDS in their community

What can you do to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in your community? That is the question Whitman-Walker Clinic is asking high school students (between ninth and twelfth grades) for its AIDS Walk Washington 2007 Essay Contest.

”We wanted to engage the community, especially young people in this year’s AIDS Walk,” ReGina Newkirk, director of development at Whitman-Walker Clinic, said in a May 3 press release. ”High school students will be the next generation to take up the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We want to get them thinking about the problem and see what solution they develop.”

Students are asked to fill out an entry form (available on and submit their 500-word essay response to the AIDS Walk office, 1407 S St., NW, no later than June 15. Ten finalists will be chosen and their essays will be placed on the AIDS Walk website. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to read his or her speech at the AIDS Walk opening ceremony at Freedom Plaza on Oct. 6, in addition to having it featured on the event’s Web site. Handwritten essays will also be accepted.