Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Write One on the Gipper

Here's a contest that may be of interest:

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota is proud to unveil this new contest, A Legacy of Leadership: The Ronald Reagan High School Essay Contest. This essay contest offers Minnesota high school students the opportunity to win a $5,000, $1,000, or $500 scholarship.

Why Ronald Reagan? Since his death in 2004, scholars and political figures from across the political and ideological spectrums have recognized the historic achievements of Reagan, an unapologetic champion of freedom. Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz said Reagan’s influence on world events is too important to overlook: “[Reagan’s] impact on the world and country, whether you like it or not, was so important that to ignore him is to ignore an entirety of American politics.” A Legacy of Leadership: The Ronald Reagan High School Essay Contest will become an annual event designed to engage, educate and better inform Minnesota students about the former president’s leadership and its transformational power.

The question this year is "What was President Ronald Reagan's most important public policy achievement?", and the deadline for submitting essays is January 5, 2011. One entry from each Minnesota high school will be selected to move on to the final round of judging where the winners of the grand prize scholarships will be determined. All participants in the final round of judging will be invited to attend the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's Spring Awards Banquet where the grand prize winners will be announced.

A complete list of rules and guidelines regarding eligibility is posted here.