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Essay Competition Submission

$1,000 First Place Award

(Scroll down to submit an essay. Accepting essays online until Aug 7, 2024.)

The essay competition gives Young Professionals, who will be among tomorrow's aviation leaders, a chance to learn lessons in courage, selfless and resiliency from the 9/11 generation of aviation heroes profiled in "Reclaiming the Sky."

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  • Second place, $500
  • Third place, $250

Essays should be 500 to 700 words.

Submit by August 7. Winners will be announced on August 19.


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