Achievers: Essay winners announced for weeklong citizenship program
Local winners have been announced for an essay contest conducted by the National Patriotic Service Committee of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.
Winners of the contest receive full scholarships to attend a session of The Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar in Washington, D.C., which will be June 22-28. The seminar, a weeklong citizenship program for secondary schools, is under the auspices of The Washington Workshops Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational foundation.
Selected from their essay entries were Harmon Kaur and Christine Nyugen, both seniors at Edmond Santa Fe High School; and Joyce Hanby, a junior at Mount St. Mary Catholic High School.
Essay winners will spend a week attending lectures by members of Congress and other high-ranking government officials. Sessions are planned at the Pentagon, U.S. Department of State, Federal Reserve Board, and the Census Bureau. Visits are made to congressional committee meetings, House and Senate galleries, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, foreign embassies, national museums and monuments. Speakers will include congressmen, lobbyists, history and government professors from local universities, FBI personnel, senators, press secretaries and political satirists
The workshop also will include tours of Washington and free time to do research and visit with congressional members. The week will culminate with a Model Congress, which the students have worked on each evening.
The goal of the national essay contest is to teach and stimulate an awareness of U.S. citizenship.
The question for the next essay contest has already been chosen: "Why is history important? Why should we preserve our national treasures and how should we, as a nation, continue to preserve our lands and historic buildings?"
The deadline to enter is Dec. 1. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.