Essay Contest

Announcing 2010
Essay Contest Winners

The results for the 2010 Essay Contest are in! With hundreds of entries divided among the three categories, we were thrilled with the creativity and talent displayed by the homeschool students who participated from all over the country and the world.

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In Category I, students ages 7 to 10 were asked to create a new invention to be used in 2011. What would it be, and how would it be valuable?

For Category II, students ages 11 to 14 were asked to compare and contrast the attitude, passion and goals of the first pilgrims with James Truslow Adam’s definition of the “American Dream.” The term was believed to be first coined in his book The Epic of America which was written in 1931. He states: The American Dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

Finally, in Category III, students ages 15 to 19 were asked to respond to the following essay on a famous, old story that offers a new and controversial twist: “In Defense of Scrooge.”

Below you will find the top five essays in each category. To read the essays simply click on the names of the winners (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Thank you to all who participated! The proceeds from the contest will go to the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children’s Fund.

2010 Essay Contest Winners

Please contact the Contest Coordinator at contests@hslda.org with any questions.