ASU Sends WHS Student's Award-Winning Essay to Space

ASU Sends WHS Student's Award-Winning Essay to Space
April 2011 - Qabas Jalil, a 9th grade ELL English-2 student, has been selected as a winner in the Arizona State University’s “Dear Aliens” essay contest.  Qabas successfully responded to the question, “What would you say to an extraterrestrial intelligent life form if you were contacted from outer space?”

Qabas will be presented with a certificate at a ceremony at the ASU Tempe Campus on April 9, and her message will be broadcast into space and bounced off the moon by scientists as part of a science and culture festival.  Paul Davies, of ASU’s Department of Physics, chairs the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Post Detection Task Group, and has the responsibility of responding to an ET contact if one is made.

The contest was originated by Lucy Hawking, a writer-in-residence at ASU Origins Project, and the daughter of the renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking.  She and her father have co-authored a young adult book series about outer space.  A goal of the contest was to engage students in thinking not only about life in the universe beyond Earth, but also to encourage young people to reflect about life on our planet.  The contest, which ended April 1, was open to all Maricopa County K-12 students.