Each year, the So. Co. JACL invites Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Napa County high school and middle school students to participate in an essay contest to commemorate the Day of Remembrance (DOR), February 19. Executive Order 9066 was initiated on this day which led to the incarceration of over 120,000 American Citizens and those of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The Day of Remembrance is observed annually to remind us of this unfortunate incident in the history of the United States and the need for continued vigilance to avoid such an occurrence in the future.

We received well written essays for our Day of Remembrance Day essay contest. We realize that writing an essay  entails many hours of research, thought, writing and rewriting.  This is in addition to their regular school and outside activities.   We appreciate your efforts!

2018 Essay Winners:  Topic:  Fred Korematsu


1-  Sirena Nordstrom Miranda  –

Roseland Collegiate Prep

Teacher:  Rachel Sibley


2-  Elijah R. Judd  –

Tomales High School

Teacher:  Fred Gilardi


3-  Cora Thorp  –

Analy High School

Teacher:  Rachel Ambrose



1- Andrew Riku Gilman –

Adele Harrison Middle School

Teacher:  Mrs. Wedell


2- Isaac Yoshio Rodrigues –

Twin Hills Charter Middle School


3- Sakiko Pizzorno –

Sunridge Charter

Teacher:  Sasha Prosser