“I’m ready to wager my life’s meaning that what America will be remembered for in the centuries to come is the staggering achievement of taking different people from all over the world and building a great civilization.” Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr.
Students were asked to respond to this quote with an essay of 500 words or less.
Winning Essays – High School
First prize – $250 – Jishan Lakhani, Oak Ridge High School, 12th grade, Oak Ridge, Tennessee — The Men Who Discovered a Nation of Hope
Second prize – $150 – Kyle Khan, Germantown High School, 11th grade, Germantown, Tennessee — America: Land of the Free
The essays were judged based on a criteria that included form, content and impression. We received 150 high school entries and three college entries. Due to the low number of college entries, we decided not to award a prize in this group this year .