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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:00 am

The Sacramento County Office of Education is accepting submissions for an essay contest designed to honor local military veterans. The winning high school student will receive a $500 college scholarship, courtesy of SAFE Credit Union. The 2013 Operation Recognition Scholarship essay theme is "How ordinary citizens can honor veterans."

Contestants must be high school juniors or seniors who currently attend public high school within Sacramento County. The 500-word essay, along with a cover letter, must be received by the county Office of Education by April 26.

Essays will be judged on how well the student understood, developed and presented the theme. The winning entrant must be able to attend the Operation Recognition diploma ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on May 21 to read his or her essay, join in honoring the diploma recipients and receive the scholarship award from a SAFE Credit Union representative.

Every year, SCOE honors the many contributions of local veterans who left high school to serve in the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War through the Operation Recognition program. Qualifying veterans who received an honorable discharge may contact SCOE to receive their high school diplomas. Diplomas are also presented to Japanese-American citizens who were forced to leave high school due to World War II internment.

Send submissions to Operation Recognition Scholarship Contest, c/o Sacramento County Office of Education, P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, CA 95826-9003.

For more information, call Tim Herrera, communications director, at 916-228-2713.

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