High school essay contest begins
The Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in suburban Washington, DC, will award U.S. high school students cash prizes totaling over $60,000 during the 2007-08 school year in the "Being an American" essay contest.
Essays should answer the following question: "What civic value(s) do you believe are most essential to being an American, and how can you personally put those values into practice?"
Students in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens or legal residents and are either attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, being home-schooled, or participating in a GED or correspondence school program but are no older than 19 years of age are eligible to enter the contest.
The essay should be no more than 3,300 characters or approximately 500 words.
Deadline for submission is Dec. 3, 2007. Winning essays will be announced in the spring of 2008.