2016 AFCEA Tokyo Essay Contest

Welcome to the 2016 AFCEA Tokyo Essay Contest sponsored by AFCEA Tokyo Chapter 171.

AFCEA is a not-for profit association that provides money back to the local community by the way of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) grants. This writing contest is to encourage thoughtful discussion of STEM in today’s environment amongst high school students.

2016 Topic: Cyber – Shaping the Future of the World
Expansion: Many forces are changing the world around us. How is cyber changing the future of our world? What are the factors in dealing with these changes? How can schools adapt to help build or better prepare students for the cyber-world? What job would you like to pursue within the STEM community?


  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250
  • Fourth Place: $100


The contest is open to all high school students within the Kanto Plains DODEA school system.


April 1, 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST


Entries must be submitted via email to scott.jarkoff@afceatokyo.org

The email subject line must say “AFCEA Essay Contest” and the body of the email must include the author’s name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and the exact title of the submission.

There must be two attachments to the email. The first is the author’s biography – consisting of no more than 50 words.

The second attachment is the entry itself which must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. The second attachment’s file name should reflect the essay’s title to the extent practical, but not the author’s name.

Submissions should be no longer than 1,000 words, double-spaced, with a 12-point font. To ensure anonymity of the author during judging, the document must not include the author’s name on any page, but each page of the submission must show the exact title of the paper as a header.

Appropriate graphics or illustrations are permissible, but not required. Graphics may be embedded in the entry or a placeholder inserted to mark the location of the graphic. In either case, please send the graphic (photos or illustration in JPEG format; others (table/spreadsheet) in native format) as a separate attachment to enable proper viewing and formatting for possible publication.

Submissions will be evaluated based on originality, strength of argument and recommendations, adherence to the norms of spelling, grammar, and syntax, and clarity. Entries not fully complying with the following contest guidelines will not be considered.


A panel of professionals from AFCEA Tokyo Chapter 171 will judge all entries and make the final selections. Entries will be judged without knowing the authors’ identities.

Permission to Publish

Submission for the contest constitutes the author’s permission to publish. Winning entries become the property of AFCEA and may be published in SIGNAL Magazine.


Winners will be notified in writing not later than May 1, 2017.


Please email robert.warminsky@afceatokyo.org

Good luck!