ACT essay competition for high school students
The Clinton County Alliance for Compassion and Truth (ACT) announces its first Clinton County high school essay contest.
The competition focuses on the responsibilities of citizenship in democracies, as featured in “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century”, the number one national bestseller by Timothy Snyder, Yale history professor and renowned expert on authoritarianism in Central and Western Europe and the rise of anti-democratic movements in the United States.
Applications, including the student’s full name and mailing address, should be sent to [email protected] or ACT, PO Box 538, Wilmington, OH 45177, by October 31.
Upon receipt of a completed application, ACT will send the student a free copy of “On Tyranny” and writing instructions. Entrance is free.
Essayists are encouraged to read “On Tyranny” and focus their research and reflections on the chapter of their choice. Submissions should be between 500 and 750 words in length and will be judged on accuracy of reasoning, use of additional primary and secondary sources, and quality of writing.
Essay submissions must be sent by email or postmarked by January 4, 2022, and winners will be announced on January 20, 2022.
The first prize is $ 250, the second prize is $ 150, and the third prize is $ 100. The three winners will also receive signed copies of the recently released illustrated edition of Dr. Snyder’s book, which documentary filmmaker Ken Burns calls “must read, a lucid guide for anyone looking to learn from history to help us understand the here. “
Snyder is a regular contributor to major US and international newspapers, magazines, and radio and television programs, and is a popular speaker here and in Europe.
ACT is a women-led coalition that strives to make a positive difference by encouraging political engagement on critical local, national and global issues that affect the lives of people in their communities and beyond.
The responsibilities of citizenship in democracies and this book by Timothy Snyder are at the heart of the essay competition.