High school students throughout Los Angeles County are invited to write essays answering the question, “What is your number one priority for improving America and why?” in the third annual Ira H. Lurvey Memorial Writing Competition.

The competition is a joint venture of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo and the Los Angeles Times-affiliated Times in Education.

The deadline for entries is Saturday, March 31st and prizes will be awarded at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28th, at Temple Mishkon Tephilo, 206 Main St., Venice, with remarks by Ina Jaffe, a National Public Radio correspondent.

Entries are judged on the basis of brevity, clarity and insight. The judges include journalists and lawyers.

The Ira H. Lurvey Memorial Writing Competition is named for Ira H. Lurvey, a Mishkon Tephilo member, teacher and attorney who chaired the family law sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.

He began his career as a journalist with United Press International in Chicago and WBZ-TV in Boston.

Entry forms are available at www.writingcompetition.org/

Information, (310) 392-3029.