18th Annual FFRF Herbert Bushong High School Seniors Essay Contest 2012
FOR COLLEGE-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
First Place: Herbert Bushong Award — $3,000
Second Place — $2,000
Third Place — $1,000
Fourth Place — $500
Fifth Place — $300
Honorable Mention(s) — $200
DESCRIBE A MOMENT WHEN YOU STOOD UP FOR FREETHOUGHT AND/OR THAT MADE YOU PROUD TO BE A FREETHINKER (ATHEIST/AGNOSTIC/NONBELIEVER)
Eligibility: High school seniors graduating in spring 2012 in North America who are college-bound in fall 2012.
Topic: Describe a moment when you stood up for freethought and/or that made you proud to be a freethinker. A freethinker is “one who forms his or her opinion about religion based on reason, rather than faith, tradition or authority.” Maybe you had a moment, experience or “epiphany” that led to or affirmed your rejection of religion. Maybe you stood up for freethought or spoke out against the encroachment of religion at school social events, in government, in classroom instruction or in your family. Use that moment to illustrate why you are a freethinker.
Length: 500 to 750 words. Include word count. Submit typed, double-spaced essay with standard margins.
Other Requirements: Choose your own title. Do not include a resume. Please staple. Place your name and essay title on each page. Include a separate paragraph biography identifying your age, birthdate, hometown, the college or university you will be attending in the fall, intended major and interests or high school achievements. Include your name, mailing address, phone number(s), and e-mail address. Winners may be asked to send verification of student enrollment. Essay must be submitted both by mail and e-mail by deadline (see below).
By entering contest, students agree to have winning essays printed in full or in part in Freethought Today, FFRF’s newspaper, and later posted online at FFRF’s website. Winners agree to provide a photograph suitable for reproduction with their essay. Winners will receive a school-year subscription to Freethought Today. All eligible non-winning students will be offered a subscription or a freethought book. Note: FFRF monitors for plagiarism.
Deadline: June 1, 2012. Winners will be announced by August.
Mailing specifications: Mail postmarked no later than June 1, 2012, to:
High School Essay Contest
PO Box 750
Madison WI 53701
About Herbert Bushong: Mr. Bushong is a nonagenarian with an interest in helping freethinking by students.