Many have lamented the loss of civility and bipartisanship in political and public realms. Name-calling, attack ads, deliberate mistruths, and even overt violence towards members of the press and political opponents are common features of public life.
The Honors College at Westminster—whose curriculum is designed around constructive conversation and collaborative learning—sponsors an annual essay contest for Utah high school students who want to engage in civil conversation about the crucial issues of our day, making arguments about hard topics in a reasonable, evidence-based fashion.
All current Utah high school students are eligible for the essay contest.
The contest will be judged by a bipartisan panel of prominent Utah Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
Awards are underwritten through the generosity of WCF Insurance.
- $2,000 cash award for the best essay
- $500 cash runner-up award
Winners will be recognized on Monday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kim T. Adamson Lecture in International Studies. After the essay contest winners are recognized, the 2020 Adamson Lecture will be delivered by Dr. M. Jackson, noted glaciologist and National Geographic explorer, who will discuss the effects of melting glaciers on local communities and global populations.
Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
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Enter the Contest
Write an essay (600 words or less) that identifies the most significant current problem facing us as we seek to address the challenges of climate change and proposes a viable solution(s) that would effectively tackle or overcome impediments to progress.
Essays are due Tuesday, Feb. 25 at midnight.