BestPrep is excited to again offer an essay competition for high school students with the support of essay sponsor Thomson Reuters. Students can participate if they are in grades 9-11 in a Minnesota public, private, charter, or home school during the 2016-2017 school year. Students must have an educator review and submit their essay
The topic for this year’s essay is as follows: Martin Luther King famously wrote: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Why is it important for students to develop their character alongside academics? How has your educational journey and life experiences developed your character?
The essay competition is held in conjunction with BestPrep’s Educational Forum, which explores topics of current relevance for business and education. This year’s essay prompt challenges students to take a deeper look into the role of character development in their education. The top 20 winners of the contest will attend the Educational Forum to hear the keynote address “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Why Character Matters” from former associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Alan Page. Prior to the event, a private reception for the students will be held with Justice Page.
The complete packet for students and educators is available HERE. If you know that your class will be participating this year, please complete this short registration so that we can reserve the appropriate number of judges and send you updates and reminders. The first 25 teachers who register will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Walmart gift card (essays must be submitted prior to deadline for eligibility). If you have any questions, please reach out to Jonathan Filzen. All essays must be submitted by April 15, 2017.