Thursday February 09, 2012
More than 300 students from 30 Vermont high schools shared their thoughts on the major issues facing the United States in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) second annual State of the Union essay contest. Among other issues, the students wrote about the declining middle class, growing inequality in the United States, the environment, civil liberties, and the burdens of student debt.
“This is a pivotal moment in American history and all Americans, including our young people, must be thinking about and debating the serious issues facing our country. That is what democracy is all about,” Sanders said. “I’m delighted that 308 students, from 30 different schools throughout Vermont, thought about the challenges ahead as they wrote their own State of the Union essay.”
Kayleigh Ehler-Vock, a senior at South Burlington High School was chosen as one of the five finalist and named a “Runner Up” in the contest. Theophila Lee and Dahlia Somers, also from South Burlington High School, received Honorable Mentions.
The contest was judged by five Vermont social studies and English teachers including Joe Maley of SB High School.
SOURCE: Senator Sanders Office