Brainstorm With Actual Whistleblowers
Anytime between January 15, 2014 and March 26, 2014, contest registrants and/or their corresponding contest entrants are welcome to CONTACT US and request an audio/video chat with one or more of the following NFOJA members at a mutually convenient time to be scheduled:
Sandy G. Nunn, MBA
National Security Whistleblower
From 1988-1999, Sandy G. Nunn, MBA, served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Customs Service in Los Angeles, California. During this time, Sandy became a highly-decorated federal agent in Los Angeles where she enforced federal laws regarding money laundering, narcotics smuggling,
Food Contamination Whistleblower
Kenneth Kendrick of Wilson, Texas is known as the “whistleblower” against Peanut Corporation of America, the company responsible for the peanut butter salmonella outbreak of 2009 that eventually turned into the largest food recall in U.S. history and has been linked to multiple deaths. Kendrick worked
Attorney Michael McCray
Federal Funds Misappropriation Whistleblower
Michael McCray is known as a tenacious advocate and champion for the underdog; one who fights for the rights of others . . . with a never say die mentality. A native Arkansan, Michael traveled to Washington, D.C. with the Clinton Administration and began his community development career working on the Presidential
Atty. Zena Crenshaw-Logal*
Judicial Misconduct Whistleblower
Prior to her full time work as a good government and grassroots reform advocate beginning in 1998, Zena D. Crenshaw-Logal practiced general civil law. Primarily she was a civil trial attorney, prosecuting complex personal injury claims. Zena also regularly represented and otherwise advised small to medium for
Brenda Edwards McCracken
Nuclear Safety and Discrimination Whistleblower
“The nuclear industry is a unique high reliability organization with potential hazards to the environment and public. Safeguards on critical equipment, processes, and procedures protect operations, employees, and the public. Those boundaries should never be tested, but human error inevitably creates accident precursors that must be addressed. Employees must be free to report concerns without fear of reprisal. Personal integrity is paramount to safety.” Brenda Edwards McCracken, Nuclear Safety and Discrimination Whistleblower
In addressing the prescribed essay topic, contest participants are to consider and identify the practical benefit or detriment to society, if any, of highly publicized as well as relatively obscure exposures of serious public and private sector waste, fraud, and abuse in America. Essayists are to base their respective analyses on specific acts of whistleblowing involving whistleblowers or “truth tellers” as defined by DM4T. Any and all referenced incidents should be briefly described, and the extent to which they were publicized should be indicated. The factors impacting whether an essayist considers each given act of whistleblowing to be beneficial, detrimental, or inconsequential to or for society should be identified. Ultimately each contest participant should make clear whether and why he or she considers whistleblowing an invaluable public service, a detriment to society, or generally overrated.
Each participant must be a U.S. citizen in the twelfth grade, senior or high school graduating year of any public, private, parochial, or home school in any of the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia, who is accepted (or anticipates being accepted) and plans to attend any four (4) year residential college or university in the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia for the Fall 2014 semester.
Relatives of current or former members or administrators of NFOJA, its corporate sponsor, and/or any affiliated group, including DM4T, are eligible to participate.
A respective parent, teacher, or high school counselor must register contest entrants on or before Thursday − March 13, 2014 by completing and submitting NFOJA’s contest registration form as it instructs. NFOJA will direct all subsequent contest information to contest registrants and corresponding contest entrants/participants.
Contest registrants are encouraged to mentor their corresponding contest entrants/participants by serving as a sounding board on the essay topic; editing proposed entries for typographical and grammatical errors as well as compliance with essay format and length restrictions; and helping to ensure all applicable deadlines are met.
Essay Format and Length Restrictions
Contest essays shall be at least one (1) and no more than five (5) numbered, single-spaced, typewritten sheets of white, 20-25 lb. paper (i.e. typical white copy paper), with a one (1) inch margin on all sides and 12-point Times Roman or similar courier font. Titles and captions, if any, may be tastefully enlarged, capitalized, bolded, underlined, and/or italicized for emphasis. Endnotes, as opposed to footnotes or bibliographies, are to be included to the extent deemed appropriate by participating essayists. Citations are to be in the format prescribed by MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, (7th ed.).
All essay entries shall be in English. One (1) electronic copy shall be submitted in Microsoft Word [.doc or .docx] or WordPerfect format only, per contest participant.
Essay Submission Deadline
Within three (3) business days of registering, contest registrants and their corresponding contest entrants will be advised of the email address to which an electronic copy of the entrant’s essay submission is to be transmitted, on or before midnight CDT, Friday − April 18, 2014. Registrants and entrants shall be simultaneously notified of the mailing address to which a printed/hard copy of said electronic file shall be mailed, adequate postage prepaid, and post-marked no later than Friday − April 18, 2014. Both the electronic and hard copy of each entrant’s essay must be timely submitted. Faxed submissions will not be accepted.
Contest Winner and Honorable Mentions
Contest registrants and their corresponding contest participants will be notified of the essay contest winner and those who receive honorable mentions, and NFOJA shall formally announce the same in May 2014.
The essay contest winner shall receive an initial payment of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) within thirty (30) days of providing NFOJA administrators proof of enrollment at any four (4) year residential college or university in the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia for the Fall 2014 semester. If that proof is provided before NFOJA announces its essay contest winner, he or she shall receive said initial payment within thirty (30) days of NFOJA identifying him or her as its essay contest winner. He or she will receive a second payment of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) within thirty (30) days of providing NFOJA proof of enrollment at any four (4) year residential college or university in the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia for the Winter/Spring 2015 semester, with at least a “C” grade average for the preceding Fall 2014 full semester.
At least two contest participants will receive honorable mentions and Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) within thirty (30) days of providing NFOJA administrators proof of enrollment at any four (4) year residential college or university in the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia for the Fall 2014 semester.
Reservation: NFOJA reserves the option to present no awards or limit its contest awards to one or more honorable mentions if an insufficient number of deserving entries are received.
NFOJA High School Essay Contest
January 15, 2014
As part of its ongoing commitment to effective whistleblower protection and Drum Majors for Truth, our primary sponsor, National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA), is sponsoring a high school essay writing contest detailed below:
Whistleblowing: an invaluable public service, a detriment to society, or, for the most part, much ado about nothing?