Topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.
700 – 1,000 words
At least 5 varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews
Demonstrate an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in PROFILES OF COURAGE.
Include registration form
Bibliography with proper citations
Role of Nominating Teacher:
Provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay.
Make suggestions for improvement before essays are submitted to the contest.
Review essays for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensure the essay meets the contest requirements listed above.
Award: Ceremony at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
If you were Mayor of your town, what issue would you address and how?
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Deadline: November 30 Eligibility: Ages 13 – 19 Prize: $500 & opportunity to interview congressional candidate David Kim. 2nd & 3rd Place: $100. Submit: Submit essay of 1,000 words or less to the Teen InkOpinion Section. Topic: If you were Mayor of your town, what would you address and how? 2nd & 3rd Place: $100. Note: Do not include last names or names of schools or towns. Website: TeenInk.com Guidelines: Teen Ink Essay Contest