If you're interested in flexing your essay-writing muscles and possibly getting $200 or $300 as a reward, check out this essay competition for students in grade 11 and 12. If you would like more information, or help with getting started, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see me at school.
The Patrick Webb Essay Competition 2010-2011: Students Tackle Life Issues
The first topic in the Patrick Webb Essay Competition for grades 11-12 secondary students follows from the decisive defeat this year of Bill-384, which would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. What dangers, the students are asked, might have emerged if the bill had been passed. The second topic for the senior secondary students indicates that a number of legislatures in North America are considering “window on the womb” laws that would requite women thinking about abortion to first witness ultrasound pictures of their unborn babies. What, the students are asked, do you think might be the benefit of such laws? Studies have already suggested that such pictures can cause the mother to bond with the child she is carrying.
THE PATRICK WEBB ESSAY COMPETITION – 2010-11
The competition is open to grade 11 or 12 B.C. secondary school students, and is designed to encourage students to recognize the dignity of every human life.
First Prize $300
Second Prize $200
ESSAY TOPICS (600-700 WORDS): CHOOSE ONE.
Topic 1. Bill 384, which would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, was defeated in the House of Commons on April 21, 2010 by a vote of 228 to 59. Many people in the country breathed a sigh of relief including many handicapped citizens. What dangers do you think might have emerged if the bill had been passed?
Topic 2. Writing in Time magazine (June 1, 2009), columnist Nancy Gibbs noted that a number of U.S.states were considering enacting “window to the womb” laws that would require women thinking of having abortions to first witness ultrasound pictures of their unborn babies. What do you think might be the benefits of such laws?
The deadline for essays to be received is December 15, 2010 Further info here