Award Ceremony for TEAM Westport Teen Essay Contest on "Appropriate Protest"

Monday, Apr 23, 2018 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

TEAM Westport logoHear from the winners of this fifth annual essay contest, hosted by TEAM Westport and the Westport Library. This essay contest is for students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere. 

The focus of this fifth essay contest is the issue of 'appropriate protest’ which has surfaced recently as a topic of significant national controversy. This year’s invitation states, “Recently several professional athletes have “taken a knee” during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to bring attention to--and to protest—ongoing bias and discriminatory practices in American society in general and by law enforcement officers in particular. In reaction, some people have called these athletes “unpatriotic.” In 1,000 words or fewer, describe your understanding of what it means to be a patriot, what kinds of behavior you think would be unpatriotic, and what forms of protest against discriminatory laws, customs, or patterns of behavior you would consider legitimate."

Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site. The deadline for submission is March 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 23. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second, $750, and the third, $500.

Dan Woog's 06880 article on the essay contest.

TEAM Westport is the official committee of the Town of Westport established to “achieve, celebrate and extend a more welcoming, multicultural community” with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion. TEAM is an acronym standing for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.” TEAM Westport was launched as a Selectman’s Task Force in 2003 and became a standing town committee in 2005.

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