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For high school students only: the NFHS sponsors anti-hazing essay contest


High school students who can describe how their group, team or organization welcomes new members without hazing them are encouraged to apply to’s (HPO) National Hazing Prevention Essay Competition, sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Essays should be between 500 and 600 words and will be judged on the students’ adherence to this year’s theme, “Hazing Prevention: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility.” The format of each essay should include an introduction of no more than 100 words describing how the student’s group welcomes new members, and then discuss how their process prevents hazing and why it’s important that each member takes responsibility to make sure no hazing occurs.

The top three essays will win cash prizes – $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $150 for third place. One Honorable Mention will also be chosen from each of the eight regional sections of the NFHS and win a $50 gift card. All winners will be announced in March 2015.

Entries should be submitted via email to by December 31, 2014. Further information on the submission guidelines can be found

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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