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"Being an American" Essay Contest Deadline Approaches

The contest, which has fast become the largest high school essay competition in the country, is hosted by the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization based in Arlington, VA, that provides free materials and a host of educational opportunities focused on civics and history for teachers and students across the country. The contest's national sponsor is David H. Koch. Additional sponsors include Amway Global and the Jack Miller Family Foundation.

High school students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to participate. Nearly 50,000 students have participated in the contest to date.

Visit the Being An American web site at www.BeingAnAmerican.org for complete rules and materials, including submission details, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders, and other Americans who have contributed to America's shared civic values.

FAST FACTS:

BEING AN AMERICAN ESSAY CONTEST

2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR PARTICIPATING REGIONS:

New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

South Atlantic: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Mid-South: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee

South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

Great Plains: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

Mountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, US Territories, American Armed Forces Schools Abroad

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, VA.

The Bill of Rights Institute, founded in 1999, is a nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

FUNDING PROVIDED BY: David H. Koch (New York City, NY), Amway Global (Ada, MI), and the Jack Miller Family Foundation (Buffalo Grove, IL).

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