Monday, July 4 beginning at 9:30 AM
The lawn at Malaga Cove School
Celebrating our 55th Year

Join this Year's Kenneth T. Norris Heritage of Freedom Award Honoree:
Nicola Bridges, founder of Capability Ranch

Student Awards

Herbert Albright Americanism Essay 2016

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.

This year’s Norris Heritage of Freedom honoree is Nicola Bridges, founder of Capability Ranch, an activities center for special needs youth and young adults ( ). Ms. Bridges stepped down from a successful media career to establish the center after enduring a tragic loss in her own family. She is committed to Winston Churchill’s philosophy, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill was one of the 20th Century’s greatest contributors to freedom from oppression (

Essay Prompt
Do you agree or disagree with Churchill’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.

Teachers are asked to mail their packets of essays directly to the post office box below (“attention Jim Kinney”), to be received no later than Friday, May 22. Individual students may also mail their essays to this address by the same deadline. We look forward to reading your essays. Please call me with any questions.

Jim Kinney (310) 377-0377

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