Student Essay Competition Topic Announced

2015 student essay winner, Chelsey Mbachu of Eastview High School, pictured with Educational Forum keynote speaker Angelique Kidjo.

BestPrep is delighted to announce that it will once again be conducting a statewide essay contest for students in grades 9 through 11. The contest will be sponsored by Thomson Reuters with the top 20 essay winners and their teachers winning valuable prizes and attending BestPrep’s Educational Forum on October 24, 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Forum will feature a keynote address by the former Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Alan Page. In addition to attending the dinner event, winners will have a private reception with Mr. Page.

Essay packets will be sent out in January with submissions being accepted through April 15. This year’s essay prompt is as follows:

Martin Luther King once wrote: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Why is it important for students to develop their character alongside academics? How have your educational journey and life experiences developed your character?

If you would like to have your class participate or know of interested students, please contact Jonathan Filzen at or 763-233-6322.