This contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 anywhere in the country. I originally tried to do this solely for students in Broward County, Florida but the school system would not cooperate with me and help me get a flyer posted in the schools. True story. So it’s now open to all high school students everywhere in the United States. And the stakes are higher.
The topic: Colin Kaepernick’s Protest: Helpful, Hollow or Something in Between. Your assignment: Explain your perspective on the utility or lack thereof of Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the National Anthem. This is not a term paper so there should not be citations to other documents. Draw upon your knowledge of history, the American political tradition and current events. Specific details:
- No more than 1,500 words. Certify the word count.
- Must be your original, independent work with no assistance.
- Must be submitted via email to jep234 (at) gmail.com.
- Submissions will be accepted from now until June 1, 2017.
- The winner will be announced on June 15, 2017.
- The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize.
- I will take the winner and 10 of his or her guests out for dinner.
If I get less than 100 applications, I reserve the right to give the winner $1,000 and give three honorable mentions of $500. You only get $2,500 when you’re the winner, an absolute world beater and have proven it by beating 100+ other applicants. Send me those essays!