Profiles in courage essay contest 2013

Profiles in courage essay contest 2013

Profiles in courage essay contest 2013

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Posted On: 9/29/2014
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2013 JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest 9/25/2012

It takes courage to stand up for your beliefs. Some elected officials risk their careers to do right by their community and country. In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy described eight U. S. elected officials who demonstrated political courage. Here’s your chance to write a new profile in courage.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U. S. high school students to write an essay on an act of a political courage by a U. S. elected official. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay, visite the Profile in Courage Award Program at Www. jfklibrary. org.

  • Win scholarship money.
  • First-place winner receives $5,000 cash/$5000 College Savings Plan.
  • Second-place winner receives $1,000.
  • Up to five finalists receive $500 each.
  • Win an expense-paid trip to Boston.
  • Winner will receive recognition by Caroline Kennedy at the Profile in Courage Award Ceremony at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA.
  • Enhance and develop research and writing skills.
  • «I gained a better understanding of the political process and the struggles politicians face in their every day lives—struggles that often reveal a courageous spirit.»—Profile in Courage Essay Contest Participant
  • Deadline for submission is January 5, 2012.

Write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by JFK in Profiles in Courage.

  • Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U. S. elected official who served during or after 1956. The essay may focus on an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.
  • Use at least five varied sources such as newspaper and journal articles, books, and personal interviews. Participants are encouraged to use primary source material.
  • Subject must be an elected official i the United States since 1956. Students are encouraged to choose an original subject and tell a story that has not yet been told.
  • Essays must demonstrate an understanding of President Kennedy’s definition of political courage. See website.
  • Essays must include a bibliography of at least five varied, reliable sources, including a non-Internet source.
  • John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy and past Profile in Courage Award recipients are not eligible topics for essays.
  • First-place winner receives a $5000 cash award and $5000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. Second place winner receives a $1000 cash award and up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.
  • United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or ome schools.
  • Also eligible are U. S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U. S. territories; and U. S. citizens attending schools overseas.
  • Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate.
  • Employees of John Hancock Financial and members of their families are not eligible.

Contest Registration and Submission:

All students must register online. Essays can be submitted online (preferred) or via regular mail by the postmark date of January 5, 2015.

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Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Serve as a judge for the 2013 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

***This is an Express Interest Opportunity! Sign up today by emailing Esther Kohn at esther. kohn@nara. gov by clicking the link below. ***

This national program invites high school students to write an essay on the political courage of a U. S. elected official. Judges must have a college degree, excellent written communication skills, and an ability to read and evaluate a high school essay. A background in public service, history, education, or communications is prefererable but not required.

Volunteers are asked to spend a minimum of ten hours between January 5 and January 25, 2013, reading and evaluating essays at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. In addition, all judges are asked to attend one mandatory training session to discuss the contest details and the evaluation criteria. The training session is scheduled for Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Kennedy Presidential Library from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

The essay contest winner will be honored during a prestigious ceremony in May, at the same time that the Kennedy Library Foundation presents the Profile in Courage Award. All volunteers will be invited to attend the award ceremony.

California teen wins Profile in Courage contest with essay on former Sen. John Morse

A high school student who wrote about former Colorado Senate President John Morse’s push for tougher gun laws has won the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage essay contest.

Former Senate President John Morse. (AP)

Ben Wolman, a freshman at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, Calif., called his essay “John Morse: Small Price to Pay.”

The contest invites high school students nationwide to write an essay on an act of political courage by a U. S. elected official. Morse was recalled last year by his constituents in El Paso County for leading the Democratic caucus in their support for tougher gun laws. The battle led to one of the most controversial and chaotic legislative sessions in recent history.

Wolman ended his essay with a comment from Morse.

“We had to do gun control, and I said months ago, if passing gun safety bills cost me my political career, that’s an amazingly small price to pay. The families of these victims have to pay a huge price every single day for the rest of their lives.”

Wolman wasn’t the only contestant to write about Morse.

Ben Wolman, JFK essay winner.

One of the five finalists and two of the three essay writers who received an honorable mention also wrote about the former Fountain police chief, who was first elected to the state Senate in 2006.

“You may be interested to know that you were the subject of an unusually large number of essays this year,” Anne Aaron, the director of the essay contest, told Morse today in an e-mail. “It may come as small consolation given your sacrifice, but know that many ambitious high school students — not only from Colorado but from all over the country — hold you high in the pantheon of modern politicians to be admired for their political courage.”

Also recalled was Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, while Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, resigned as recall supporters gathered signatures to force a special election.

Wolman will receive his award Sunday at the JFK Museum in Boston. He will receive a $5,000 cash award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, which will be matched with $5,000 from John Hancock Financial to be contributed to a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan.

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Bringing in celebrities from out of state to testify in favor of your bill while denying state residents the chance to testify against it was not courageous; it was undemocratic.

Comment by Jeffrey Beall — April 30, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

Small Price to Pay. I would suggest to young Wolman, it should be “He Paid the Big Price.”

Comment by GenePH — April 30, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

You honestly believe CA schools teach about liberal democrats in CO or any state for that matter?

Comment by Truthie Jackson — May 2, 2014 @ 7:53 am

Jeffco Schools should note that this brilliant young writer is a product of a charter school. The former superintendent and board did their best to make charter school students second class by under funding them…..reminiscent of the dual school system in the pre-Civil Rights Act South.

Comment by Migrant3 — May 1, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

Not to disparage this young man and his essay but I question the jury in awarding an essay about a Senator who chose to ignore his constituency and instead let wealthy individuals, who were not residents of Colorado, influence legislation that flew in the face of his constituencies second amendment rights and wishes. As a result this senator resigned in the face of an inpending recall. That is not courage. I think John Kennedy would be scratching his head in bewilderment.

Comment by jpchiesa — May 2, 2014 @ 2:02 am

So if something is immoral and wrong, go for it because everyone wants it? It does take courage to stand up to the crazies and the NRA. Your argument reminds me of that one politician who said if all or most of his constituents wanted slavery, he’d vote for it because that’s what they wanted. Now that is cowardice.

Comment by Truthie Jackson — May 2, 2014 @ 7:51 am

You’re right Truthie…It does take courage to stand up to the crazies and tbe NRA does so by fighting to protect the Second Amendment. The very amendment that strengthens the other amendments…such as the one that abolished slavery. The right to self protection is an inalienable right that should be for all people. Oppression and murder has been the tool of governments throughout the ages. That is the immorality.

Comment by jpchiesa — May 2, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

I know this woman personally… that is why…

Comment by madgrandma — May 23, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

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