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 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS CAN WIN $5,000 AND DC TRIP IN AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

 

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Arlington, VAHigh school students and their teachers are being reminded that the Bill of Rights Institute’s national Being An American Essay Contest deadline is soon approaching.  The contest asks students to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the question: What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?”

 

Essay entries are due by December 1, 2009. Teachers much submit essays online at www.BeingAnAmerican.org for a chance to win cash prizes from a pool totaling nearly $200,000 and one of 54 trips to the nation’s capital (awarded both to teachers and their students).

 

The names of the top three prize winners in the nine contest regions will be announced at a special Washington, DC Awards Gala in the spring of 2010.  The first place winners in each region and their sponsoring teachers will each receive $5,000 cash awards, second place winners $2,500, and third place winners $1,250. Honorable mention prizes of $250 will be awarded to 7 students and teachers from each contest regions.  
 
The winners will also be treated to a tour of prominent national landmarks and will hear from a range of important voices on American citizenship.  Last year’s winners met with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who keynoted the awards gala; NPR’s Juan Williams; Pro Football Hall of Fame Cornerback Darrell Green; FOX News Commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano; and several members of Congress from winning students’ districts.
 

“The Being An American Essay Contest allows teachers to open a dialogue with their students about what it means to be a modern day American citizen in light of the principles upheld by our Founders, Documents and heroes,” said Bill of Rights Institute President Victoria Hughes.  “Supporting contest materials, including lesson plans meeting national academic standards, are provided at no cost to teachers who want to incorporate the essay topic into the classroom.”

 

The contest, which has fast become the largest high school essay competition in the country, is hosted by the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization based in Arlington, VA, that provides free materials and a host of educational opportunities focused on civics and history for teachers and students across the country. The contest’s national sponsor is David H. Koch. Additional sponsors include Amway Global and the Jack Miller Family Foundation.

 

High school students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to participate.  Nearly 50,000 students have participated in the contest to date.

 

Visit the Being An American web site at www.BeingAnAmerican.org for complete rules and materials, including submission details, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders, and other Americans who have contributed to America’s shared civic values.

 

FAST FACTS:

 

BEING AN AMERICAN ESSAY CONTEST

 

2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR PARTICIPATING REGIONS:    

  • New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
  • South Atlantic: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.
  • Mid-South: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee
  • South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Great Plains: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Mountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
  • Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, US Territories, American Armed Forces Schools Abroad

 

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION:  Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, VA.

The Bill of Rights Institute, founded in 1999, is a nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

 

FUNDING PROVIDED BY:  David H. Koch (New York City, NY), Amway Global (Ada, MI), and the Jack Miller Family Foundation (Buffalo Grove, IL).  

 

CONTEST GOAL:  To explore the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the civic values that unite us as Americans.

 

ESSAY QUESTION: “What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American? Trace the enduring importance of this value throughout the American story by discussing: a Founding document that reflects this value; a figure from American history who embodies this value; and examples of how you have and/or could put this value into practice.

 

STUDENTS ELIGIBLE:  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.  Military bases and U.S. territories are also invited to participate.

 

ESSAY LENGTH:  No more than 750 words.

 

JUDGING CRITERIA:  

  • Adherence to Essay Question
  • Originality
  • Organization
  • Writing Style
  • Depth of Analysis

 

JUDGES:  High school teachers

 

STUDENT CASH PRIZES:  Ten cash prizes per region will be awarded to students:  

  • First Prize:                               $5,000 each
  • Second Prize:                           $2,500 each
  • Third Prize:                             $1,250 each
  • Seven Honorable Mentions:  $250 each

 

TEACHER CASH PRIZES:  Ten cash prizes per region will be awarded to the teachers of the winning students:  

  • First Prize:                               $5,000 each
  • Second Prize:                           $2,500 each
  • Third Prize:                             $1,250 each
  • Seven Honorable Mentions:  $250 each

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP:  The top three winners (first, second and third places) from each region, their teacher, and a guardian will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in the Spring of 2010.

 

CONTEST START DATE:  September 17, 2009

 

DEADLINE FOR ESSAY SUBMISSIONS:  December 1, 2009

 

WINNERS ANNOUNCED:  Spring 2010

 

WEB SITE AND CONTEST GUIDELINES:  http://www.BeingAnAmerican.org


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