Solipsys launches annual $2,000 scholarship contest

Solipsys Corporation representatives recently announced that the company’s 2002 Kauai Island Scholarship Contest is under way.

From now through Friday, Nov. 15, elementary, middle and high school students on Kaua’i can take a virtual journey to anywhere in the world and beyond, and get a chance to win one of four, $500 cash scholarship prizes.

This year’s contest theme, “Become a Big Kahuna,” is based on the ancient kahuna navigators who guided Kaua’i’s first settlers to the island, and encourages participants to conceptualize and, through a poster or written essay, embark on a journey of their own.

Students from first through 12th grades are eligible to compete.

Those in grades one to three must create a poster.

Students in grades four through six must compose 250-word essays, and those in grades seven through nine must submit 350-word essays.

Students in grades 10 through 12 must present 500-word essays.

The student in each age group whose work best articulates the contest theme will win a $500 cash grand prize.

Eligible students who are interested in participating should register immediately, even if they have yet to think of a topic for their project.

Registration may be done online at www.solipsys.com/kauai, in person at either Solipsys location on Kaua’i, in Lihu’e on Halau Street, or in Waimea at the West Kauai Technology & Visitors Center, or via regular mail.

The first 200 students to submit projects will receive official contest T-shirts.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and an awards ceremony will be held at Solipsys’ Lihu’e location Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Full contest details are available at www.solipsys.com/kauai.

The Waimea Solipsys telephone number is 338-1436, and the Lihu’e number is 632-0235.

Participants are asked to call ahead if registering at either of these locations.

Teachers interested in incorporating this contest as an in-class project should contact Leslie Bailey, 632-0235.

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