Student Awards

Herbert Albright Americanism Essay 2017

The essay contest, open to all public and private schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is named in honor of the late Herbert Albright in recognition of his many contributions to local and civic organizations. This year's essay contest theme in which the students are asked to write is the following based on the example of this year's Heritage of Freedom honoree.

Preamble
This year’s Norris Heritage of Freedom honoree Maureen Nunn, insists that she is an ordinary person who has had extraordinary opportunities. She has made philanthropy her full-time job and has dedicated her life to helping others. She also conceived and hosted award- winning local television shows “Everyday Heroes”.

Essay Prompt
To what extent do you agree or disagree with Maureen Nunn's philosophy? WHy? Use the example of at least one person, living or dead, to illustrate your answer. How might this philosophy guide your own future?

Rules and Directions:
Essays must be 400 words maximum, typed or handwritten legibly in dark ink, double-spaced on one side of the paper with TWO EXTRA copies. Because we will have three judges simultaneously reading each essay, those essays with fewer than a total of three copies will not be read. The student’s name, grade, home telephone number and school must be written on the back, not the front, of each copy. The format and style to be used should be that of an essay or article to be published in a periodical. Each paper must be the work of ONLY THE SINGLE STUDENT author. They will be judged on the basis of clarity, interest, organization, originality, and knowledge of history and current events.

First, second, and third prizes of $300, $200, and $100, consisting of United States Savings Bonds, or cash for the oldest age group, will be awarded in each category (Grades 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12) by Malaga Bank. Awards will be presented at the 4th of July Celebration in Palos Verdes Estates and the three first place essays will be read aloud by their authors.

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