National Russian Essay Contest (NREC)
39th Annual National Russian Essay Contest (NREC)
Established thirty-eight years ago, the ACTR National Russian Essay Contest (NREC) provides high school and middle school students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing proficiency in Russian. Students write essays in Russian on a topic announced at the beginning of a two-hour period during the week before Thanksgiving.
The NREC Co-chairs postponed the contest this year until the week of January 25-29, 2021, due to organizational difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This departure from the traditional November dates will allow the Co-chairs to design protocols and procedures that will enable us to successfully conduct an equitable contest. Based on the September survey responses collected from past NREC participants, the Co-chairs have decided that students will meet with their teachers in-person or online to write paper essays in cursive.
Registration materials for the 39th NREC will be sent to teachers and posted on the ACTR website by November 2.
Health and best regards,
John R. Rook
Teachers with questions about the essay contest should contact one of the Contest chairs: