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The High School Essay Contest:
Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell the Truth/High School Essay Contest
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
February 7 - 25, 2011
Monroe Community College Damon City Campus
February 28 - March 8, 2011
Americans Who Tells the Truth is a non-partisan series of portraits by artist Robert Shetterly. His portraits of past and current Americans form a traveling exhibit that is hosted by schools, universities, churches, and various community groups around the country.
Of this exhibit, Rob Shetterly said, "I began painting this series of portraits --- finding great Americans who spoke the truth and combining their images with their words --- nearly three years ago as a way of to channel my anger and grief. In the process my respect and love for these people and their courage helped to transform that anger into hope and pride and allowed me to draw strength from this community of truth tellers, finding in them the courage, honesty, tolerance, generosity, wisdom and compassion that have made our country strong.
One lesson that can be learned from all of these Americans is that the greatness of our country frequently depends not on the letter of the law, but the insistence of a single person that we adhere to the spirit of the law."
Exhibit includes the portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and more.
The Gandhi Institute is sponsoring an essay contest open to students attending high school either in the city of Rochester or Monroe County. The purpose of the essay is to encourage students to reflect and write about the relationship between truth-telling and nonviolence after visiting the "Americans Who Tell the Truth" art exhibit in the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (February 7-25) and MCC Damon City Campus (February 28-March 8).
All essay winners will be featured at the 2011 Season for Nonviolence Interfaith Banquet with Nomi Tutu on April 2.
Who is eligible to participate?
All high school students in Rochester and Monroe County.
The winning entry will be awarded $100. 2nd place receives $50 and 3rd place receives a prize from the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
Essay must be double-spaced, typed, and a maximum of 500 words.
12-point font size
Cover page with student name and contact information.
Please provide 3 additional copies of your original essay (a total of 4 copies), stapled. Do not include your name on the essay (your name will be on the cover page). Be sure to keep an additional copy for yourself because we will not return your essay.
All essay winners will be featured at the Interfaith Banquet on April 2 with special guest Naomi Tutu. For more information contact: 595-276-4962.
Essays will be judged based on how well they address the prompt, and whether they are well-written, thoughtful, and memorable. Ideas should be developed and clearly organized, using effective and grammatically correct language.
Submitting Your Essay
Please mail or deliver your cover page, original essay, and three copies of your essay to:
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd
P.O. Box 270501
Rochester, NY 14627
Essays must be postmarked no later than
March 8th 2011
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence