High-School Essay Contest

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2016 CNTA Essay Scholarship

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness Essay Contest

The Winners!

Four area high school seniors each earned a $1,000 cash prize in the 2016 CNTA High School Essay Contest. Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), an Aiken-based nuclear education organization, recently announced the winners of its 10th annual writing contest

Their winning essays are linked below in Portable Document Format (PDF), with authors alphabetical by surname. Please use your browser's "back" button to return to this page.

Reid DeMass


Reid DeMass - Aiken High School

"It's Time We Come Together"

DeMass plans to pursue pre-medical studies.

Devin Fulmer-Key


Devin Fulmer-Key - Breezy Hill Homeschool Academy

"The Better Road: Hydraulic Fracturing vs. Nuclear Power"

Fulmer-Key plans to pursue chemical engineering.

Reagan Glover


Reagan Glover - North Augusta High School

"Nuclear - A Greener, Cleaner Solution"

Glover plans to pursue biochemistry.

Joshua Yates


Joshua Yates - Silver Bluff High School

"The Nexus of Politics and Nuclear Technology"

Yates plans to pursue a computer science degree.

In addition to the $1,000 prize, the winners' schools will each receive $500 for classroom supplies and equipment.

Mike Johnson, CNTA Director, said the quality of the nuclear-themed essays this year is promising.

"It's reassuring to know that the upcoming generation of professionals is so knowledgeable, passionate, and astute about nuclear technology advancement," Johnson said. "It's a growing industry, not only in our area, but worldwide. These students have a bright future if they continue on the track they are on now."

Each student picked one of three topics for this year's contest: political processes on nuclear technology, effects of nuclear power plants on closures nationally or internationally, and green vs. clean - the merits of fracking vs. nuclear to the environment and economy.

The contest was open to high school juniors or seniors in Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell counties in South Carolina, and Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties in Georgia, as well as students of CNTA members. The winners, their families, and a teacher of the winner's choice will be honored at the upcoming Teller Lecture and Banquet to be held during Nuclear Science Week, October 17-21, 2016.


CNTA is an Aiken-based charitable educational organization dedicated to providing factual information about nuclear topics and educating the public on nuclear issues. The annual essay contest is one of many educational projects sponsored by CNTA that include the annual Teller Lecture and Banquet, monthly Up & Atom breakfasts, an interactive nucleus exhibit at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, a speaker's bureau, and periodic teachers workshops that assist middle and high school teachers in bringing nuclear science topics into the classroom.


Current junior and senior high school students in these counties, and current CNTA members' family regardless of their county of enrollment, were invited to submit a 1,000-1,500 word essay on one of the following topics:

The effort involves researching a topic and preparing an essay on the subject. CNTA has books and other reference materials that may be of help to student applicants.

The competition is judged by the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness staff and representatives from the general membership.



Dates and Requirements

February 29, 2016: Deadline date for essay submittal. The essay submittal must include a completed Official Student Entry Form. Electronic submittal is preferred.

Electronic Submittal:

or Mail To: CNTA - Attention: Mr. Mike Johnson - 1204 Whiskey Rd, Suite B, Aiken SC 29803-4318

March-April 2016: Notification of CNTA essay winner(s).

October-December 2016: Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet, date and location TBA.

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