Annual New Jersey Hall of Fame Essay Contest

Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NJ Hall of FameWho belongs in the New Jersey Hall of Fame? The New Jersey Hall of Fame wants your students to participate in the decision making process. New Jersey public school students are invited to participate in fifth annual Hall of Fame Essay Contest. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees – living or dead – to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Nominations can include famous people as well as ordinary citizens who do extraordinary things. Students should research or interview, if possible, the person they wish to nominate and write an essay no longer than 500 words.

Essays must be typed and double-spaced. The student must include his/her name, age, grade level as of April 29, 2012, address, phone number, parent/guardian’s name, school name, and school district. If the essay is a school project, the student should also include the name of the teacher who assigned the activity. Nominations must be postmarked by April 29, 2012 to be eligible.

Send entries to:

NJ Hall of Fame Contest, NJEA
180 West State Street
PO Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
Attn: Dawn Hiltner.

Entries will be divided into two age categories:

  • Intermediate (grades 4 through 8)
  • High School (grades 9-12)


Entries will be judged by a panel comprised of NJEA and New Jersey Hall of Fame representatives. Winners will be notified in mid-May. The winning students and three guests plus their teachers and a guest will be invited as VIP guests to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in early June at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. They will walk the red carpet with the stars, enjoy premium seating and attend a private party after the show. In addition, the winners will receive a check in the amount of $500.

The winning students’ nominations will be forwarded to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Academy for consideration. The Academy, comprised of 100 of New Jersey’s most prominent organizations, ethnic groups and media outlets, will review nominees and ultimately select Hall of Fame nominees to be put forth for the public vote in the fall. NJEA serves on the Voting Academy.

Creation of New Jersey Hall of Fame

Legislation to create The New Jersey Hall of Fame passed unanimously in the Legislature and was signed into law by the governor in 2005. The New Jersey Hall of Fame has been created to honor our sons and daughters who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. The Hall of Fame seeks to send a message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing. By presenting significant and powerful role models, the Hall of Fame when built will be a source of learning, inspiration and hope for all New Jersey children.

Mobile Museum

The Hall of Fame recently closed their exhibit on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, but is working on the creation of Mobile Museum to be on the road visiting schools and communities in the fall. Billed as a “field trip on wheels,” the Mobile Museum will be available for schools around the state and will feature interesting artifacts, videos, and other celebrations of Jersey’s best.

For more information about the New Jersey Hall of Fame, visit

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