Monday, October 1, 2012

2012 High School Essay Contest: Open Now

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois announces its ninth annual high school essay contest.

All participants (teachers and students) who invest serious effort in research and writing will receive a certificate of participation.  The best essays will be singled out and honored with a first, second-, and third-place award. The first place winner will receive a $200 cash prize, and the teacher of the winning student will win a place on a study tour to Europe in Summer 2013.

This year’s essay topic is “Competition & Cooperation.” The European Union is a major force on the world stage; its member states collaborate extensively both within and outside of its borders. These relationships are built not only through high-level politics and trade, but also in everyday society: sports, arts, culture, science, and research all play a role. Collaborative efforts are evolving amidst the current financial crisis and other global events, such as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Participants should discuss in an essay of 800-1200 words what it really means for European countries to compete and cooperate within the EU, across the Atlantic, and beyond!

Visit our Essay Contest page for more information.

Photo credit:  "Pencil," (c) 2011 Laddir, used under a used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license


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