New Jersey public school students are invited to participate in the New Jersey Hall of Fame essay contest. Students may nominate potential Hall of Fame inductees—living or deceased. Nominations may 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 1, 2020, 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 1, 2020. Send entries to N.J. Hall of Fame Contest, Dawn Hiltner, NJEA, PO Box 1211, Trenton, NJ 08607-1211. Or send them via email to with “NJHOF Essay Contest” in the subject line.

Entries will be divided into two age categories: intermediate (Grades 4-8) and high school (Grades 9-12). Entries will be judged by a panel of NJEA and New Jersey Hall of Fame representatives. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2020. The winning students will be invited to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in October 2020.

The winning students’ nominations will be forwarded to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Academy for consideration in 2021. This ethnically and culturally diverse body, composed of 100 of New Jersey’s most prominent organizations 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.

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