In order to promote awareness of our increasingly multicultural country and world among our young people, TEAM Westport is co-sponsoring, with the Westport Library, an essay contest for all students in grades 9-12 who attend Staples High School, or who reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.
The essay topic is: According to the U.S. Census, 30 years from now racial and ethnic groups that are currently in the minority in our country will collectively outnumber whites. For people aged 20 and younger, the total minority population already outnumbers whites. As a high school student in 2013-14, you and your contemporaries are part of this new reality. Please reflect on the impact this demographic trend will have on our country and on your life. In 1,000 words or less, describe what you think are the benefits and challenges of this change for Westport and for you, personally.
Applications for the contest will be available on the TEAM Westport web site on December 1, 2013. Essays are due February 28, 2014. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on March 31, 2014. Link to application.
At the discretion of the judges, up to three monetary prizes will be awarded.