Student Awards

Herbert Albright Americanism Essay 2018

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 Heritage of Freedom honoree is Dr. Greg Allen. Dr. Allen is the founder of Freedom4U, which provides youth programs focused around creative arts where teens can develop their talent as well as have a safe social place to attend, and where teens learn life skills, develop leadership abilities, and learn from the experience of service.

Essay Prompt
What does it mean to be a good leader in the 21st century? Write about someone (living or dead) whom you believe exemplifies good leadership and is having (or has had) a positive influence on the world. What lessons about leadership can we learn from this person’s actions or style of leadership?

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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