Tahoe Expedition Academy student recognized for essay on America’s future
Where does America go from here? It’s a question with no easy answers, but one Tahoe Expedition Academy student was recently recognized for their thoughts on the matter. Tenth-grade student, Cameron Tatara, placed second in a national essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. More than 60,000 students nationwide entered the “Voices of Democracy” audio essay contest which invited students to address America’s future in 650 words or less.
Tahoe Expedition Academy ninth and 10th graders took on the challenge, using the school’s mission, vision and values to analyze the issue. They considered questions such as: How do we fight for a just and equitable world? How do we tackle today’s messy and important problems? How do we enact positive change in the world? Their responses ranged on issues from gun control, to education, to equality and justice for all. Tatara’s essay, entitled “American Dream” earned second place out of all of the national applicants.
Here are some excerpts: “The ‘American Dream,’ what does that mean? It’s a term that is used a lot in our society. It is something that our country has fought in wars for, lost lives for, and continues to seek out. Living in the land of equal opportunity is the premise for this idea, but how has it come to be? Has it ever truly been achieved?
If we all begin to think of ourselves as allies, not enemies, and look for common ground with each other, our country can finally find real unity, not the kind that is preached to you by politicians trying to get elected. This divisive strategy is not something that can continue. Having real conversations with people about important topics does more than any policy change could ever. If we can do this, we can finally call ourselves, ‘We the People,’ and truly live the American Dream.”
The Veterans of Foreign Wars contest was established in 1947 to provide high school students with the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democracy and patriotism. Each year, more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives are awarded through the program.
To read the entire essay, click here.
Source: Tahoe Expedition Academy
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