Senator Scavello Essay Contest for High School Seniors

Remembering & Understanding September 11th

September 11th, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Each year, Americans commemorate the day by honoring the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives as well as the legacy of hope, resilience and unity that grew from the despair. It is an annual reminder that peace is not guaranteed, that things can change in an instant, and that there is no greater force on earth than a united American people.

For younger Americans, September 11th is not a memory but rather a collection of images on the television news,  in history books or annual posts on social media. Twenty years ago, I vowed to work within our community to create a legacy of September 11th that would pay tribute to those who died that day and those who continue to sacrifice as part of the war on terrorism.

With that in mind, I invite all high school seniors in the 40th Senate District for the 2021-22 school year to participate in an essay contest to commemorate the 20th anniversary by writing a 500-word essay about what September 11th means to our community. The top three essays will receive a monetary prize as well as a tour and lunch with the Senator at the Capitol.  

Contest Details:

  • Students may submit one essay of no more than 500 words
  • Students must be identified by first and last name, on the official registration form. 
  • Deadline for entry is Friday, September 3, 2021.
  • Content must be original and may only contain copyrighted content if appropriately cited. 
  • Entrants must credit all sources used on a bibliography/citation list. 
  • All students must be enrolled in the 12th grade either in a public, private or home school program within Pennsylvania.  
  • All entries become the property of the Pennsylvania Senate.  Entrants agree that submitting their essay permits the Pennsylvania Senate to use, without any compensation, their names, likenesses and entries for promotional purposes.  By submitting an entry, entrants represent that their entries constitute original works of creativity that do not violate the property rights of any other person or organization, and grant the Pennsylvania Senate the right to exhibit, distribute, televise and otherwise use the entries in various media. 

Contest Awards:

Senator Scavello is providing $150-$250 in prize money.   

  • 1st Place – $250
  • 2nd Place – $150
  • 3rd Place – $150 

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity                                         
  • Content
  • Effectiveness of message delivery         
  • Did you follow directions?

Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges and will not include any Pennsylvania Senators.

Scavello September 11 Essay Contest

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