High school students interested in American history and government have an opportunity to win a week-long trip to Washington, D.C. by entering The National Society of Colonial Dames of America's essay contest.
The contest is for students in grades 10-12. Winners are provided with full scholarships to the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar, which will be held in Washington, D.C. June 18-24. The seminar is a citizen education program that invites students to meet with members of Congress and other high-ranking government officials. Students will also visit historical highlights of the nation's capital and participate in a Model Congress.
Applicants must write and submit a 750-word essay on the assigned topic: In his farewell address in Philadelphia in 1796, George Washington warned against the advent of political parties in nations with populace-elected governments. Do you believe our nation's history supports his views? Explain.
Essays will be judged locally, regionally and nationally. Last summer, one student from Columbus was able to participate in the seminar.
Essays can be emailed to Charleton Kennon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Essays must be submitted by Jan. 10.