The Stevenson Center invites high school students to write original short opinion pieces (1,000 words or less) or multi-media presentations (of no more than 3 minutes and/or 100 megabytes in upload size) on topics that affect public policy. It is hoped that students will choose topics of deep concern to them. The range can be broad. Examples include, but are not limited to: climate change, campaign finance reform, immigration, civil rights, foreign policy or other contemporary subjects. Controversial subjects are acceptable, though the tone and language should remain respectful.
Please, note: The essay contest judges are all retired high school teachers with long experience in reading essays, counseling and critiquing writing of their students. They received numbered essays with no mention of the names, ages, genders or schools of the submitted essays. After careful discussion and assignment of points to each essay, they named the three prize winners. We were all surprised to discover that all three came from the same school. The students and the Adlai Stevenson High School should be proud of the excellence exhibited in these essays.
The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization created to address challenges to democratic systems of government and conceive of practical solutions for these challenges. Through lively presentations and discussions of major issues in the country and the world, the Stevenson Center aims to engage young people in the dialogue, so they can be participants in the outcomes.