CRC CARE HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY COMPETITION

The CRC CARE High School Essay Competition aims to inspire young students to recognise the importance of a clean environment to our wellbeing and to understand how easily human activities can jeopardise environmental sustainability. CRC CARE performs scientific research to help stop or clean up contamination of our soil, water and air. Your essay can help!

2019 Winners 

The Dr Roneal Naidu award for writing on chemical contamination and its effect on food quality and human health, which has been sponsored by Prof. Naidu (left in top photo) since its inception in 2017, was awarded to Aaron Avenido (right), aged 16, from The Illawarra Grammar School in Wollongong, NSW, for his essay You are what you eat: consumerism and contamination. For her outstanding essay on the harmful effects of plastic packaging, Nudity is nothing to be ashamed of, CRC CARE decided to award a runner-up prize of $500 to Tessa Quinlan (second from left), aged 15, from Victory Lutheran College in West Wodonga, Victoria. Tessa also received the runner-up prize in 2017.

The CRC CARE award for writing that seeks to answer the question of “How can we ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations?” was awarded to Stephen Burg (second from right in top photo), aged 15, from St Mary MacKillop College in Canberra for his essay on climate change.

Who can enter and what can you win?

Entries are open to Australian school students in Years 7 to 12. The best essay on each topic, judged on its writing quality, interest, newsworthiness, and scientific accuracy, will receive a cash prize and a trip to Adelaide for the CleanUp 2019 conference gala dinner (prizewinners must be accompanied to the gala dinner by a parent/legal guardian, at their parent/guardian’s own expense).

Deadline extended until Thursday 22 August 2019!

How do I enter? 

To enter, download the entry form and write an essay of 500 to 1000 words from either of two categories (you are welocme to submit entries in both categrories):

  • The Dr Roneal Naidu award on chemical contamination and its effect on food quality and human health ($1000 prize). This award honours the late Dr Roneal Naidu, who as a medical doctor acted to inspire others through his passion for the environment and the potential impact that pollutants may have on human health.
  • The CRC CARE award for writing on contamination of our planet: how can we ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations? ($500 prize).

Submit your essay before the extended 22 August 2019 deadline!

Please read the Terms and Conditions  and Privacy Statement before you enter.

2017 winners

  • Dr Roneal Naidu award for writing on chemical contamination and its effect on food quality and human health won by Edith Spiers (aged 15), Salesian College, Sunbury, Victoria (pictured, top, with her mother and Professor Ravi Naidu after receiving her prize). Read Edith’s winning essay.
  • CRC CARE award for writing on contamination of our planet: how can we ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations? won by Thulani Mananduwa Arachchige (aged 14), Mac.Robertson Girl’s High School, Melbourne, Victoria (pictured, right, receiving her prize from Prof. Naidu)
  • Due to the high quality of her essay, 13-year-old Tessa Quinlan of Victory Lutheran College, Wodonga, Victoria, was awarded a special runner-up prize for the Dr Roneal Naidu award (pictured, above, speaking at the CleanUp 2017 gala dinner). 

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