WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley encourages Iowa middle school and high school students to participate in the 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
The contest is open to students from around the country and is split into two divisions. Students in grades 6-8 will participate in a junior division contest, and students in grades 9-12 will participate in the senior division contest.
Each division will award three prizes:
• 1st Place- $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to receive the prize.
• 2nd Place- $500.
• 3rd Place- $250.
• The two first place winners’ schools will also be awarded $1,000.
“This is a good opportunity for young Iowans to share their insight about the U.S. system of government,” Grassley said.
The subject of the essay contest is: “The rights and responsibilities of citizenship.” Students may expand upon their constitutional rights and their primary duties as U.S. citizens. They should also consider how these constitutional rights affect themselves and their families. Grassley encourages Iowa students who are interested to submit their work to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
Further information regarding the contest, official rules, and entry forms can be found at www.uschs.org, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s website.
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society, founded in 1962, is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization chartered by Congress. Its goal is to inform the public about Capitol Hill and the duties of Congress.