All three of these Polk County high schoolers received scholarship awards to use for their school of choice.
Congratulations to the top 10 finalists of the Civic Initiative Essay Contest! Each finalist presented a recorded reading of their essay before a panel of five judges at a virtual ceremony on May 2, 2022. The three winners were named at this virtual ceremony, and awards will be mailed.
Savannah Adams, Auburndale High School
Yaneilis Aponte, George Jenkins High School
Kirsten Domineck, George Jenkins High School
Kelly Granger, George Jenkins High School
Amrynne Hill, Southeastern University Collegiate
Rachel Perrine, Auburndale High School
Kadence Rimes, George Jenkins High School
Emily Sansone, Auburndale High School
Hailey Shelstrom, Auburndale High School
Lydia Shi, George Jenkins High School
High school students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in Polk County can submit one essay in response to the following prompt:
Why is civic engagement and the need for civil discourse important in our current political climate?
Students will be judged for the content of their essay, and 10 finalists will advance to the second round of judging. These top ten finalists will submit a video reading their essays, which will be reviewed by a panel of five judges. The top 3 winners will be announced on April 28, 2023 via the ACPL website. Judges will include local college professors and community leaders.
Please submit your essay via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order for your entry to be valid, your email must include the following information:
As the political climate in our society becomes increasingly polarized, civil discourse and civic engagement remain a necessity to unify our nation and advance our democracy forward. The American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL) at Southeastern University is hosting its annual essay contest centered around civil discourse and civic engagement.
High school students can win up to $1,500 in scholarship prize money with a winning essay for the American Center for Political Leadership Civic Initiative Essay Contest.
Ten finalists will be selected to advance to the second round of judging, where the top ten essays will be reviewed by a panel of five judges. On April 28, 2023, three winners will be announced. The scholarship award for first place is $1,500, second place is $1,000 and third place is $500.
This essay contest is open to high school students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in Polk County, including students attending public, private, parochial and charter institutions, and homeschooled students of equivalent grade status.
All essays must be submitted online via this website, or through the mail. Mail must be postmarked by March 31, 2023.
The judging panel will consist of five judges, comprised of college professors and community leaders. They will evaluate each piece based on its content and presentation.
A. High school students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in Polk County, Florida.
A. The scholarship will be given as a cash prize and recipients have the freedom to apply the scholarship to the college or university of their choice.
A. Yes. Teachers, parents and friends are permitted to proofread your essay as proofreading is not considered plagiarism. The essay in its entirety should be original content formulated and written by the student.
A. Please contact us at email@example.com or 863.667.5051.
American Center for Political Leadership
1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801
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