Our American Story is a digital student contest for 8th–12th graders designed to foster creativity, cooperative learning, critical examination, and discussion among our country’s next generation of leaders. We want to hear students’ unique perspectives on the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity.

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What is American democracy? How will you shape American democracy?

What is American culture? How will you shape American culture?

What is the American Dream? What is your American Dream?

WINNERS

GRAND PRIZE-“Shaping Diversity,” Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, Norfolk, VA

The grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner’s affiliated school or association, and 10 iPad Minis will be distributed to the student team members. (One iPad Mini will be distributed per team member. If there are fewer than 10 team members, the remaining iPad Minis will be donated to the team’s affiliated school or association.)

FIRST-PLACE PRIZES IN EACH CATEGORY

First-place prize winners will be selected in each category theme– democracy, diversity, and opportunity. Those respective winners will be awarded $2,000 to the affiliated school or association, and ten $50 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to the student team members. One $50 Amazon gift card will be distributed per team member. (If there are fewer than 10 team members, the remaining $50 Amazon gift cards will be donated to the team’s affiliated school or association.)

Democracy First Place: “Democracy,” Plaza Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA

Diversity First Place: “et al: Those Just As Important,” El Modena High School, Orange, CA

Opportunity First Place: “The American Dreamer,” Skyline Middle School, Harrisonburg, VA

HONORABLE MENTIONS IN EACH CATEGORY

Two honorable mentions will be selected in each category theme– democracy, diversity, and opportunity. Those teams will be awarded $500 to the affiliated school or association.

Democracy Honorable Mention: “The Inequality of Equality in Democracy,” H.H. Poole Middle School, Stafford, VA

Democracy Honorable Mention: “Our American Dream – Democracy,” Green Run Collegiate, Virginia Beach, VA

Diversity Honorable Mention: “Just Be You,” Woodside High School, Newport News, VA

Diversity Honorable Mention: “Cooking Our Culture,” Green Run Collegiate, Virginia Beach, VA

Opportunity Honorable Mention: “Opportunity Is For Everyone,” Broadway High School, Broadway, VA

Opportunity Honorable Mention: “What happened to the American Dream?”, Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, Norfolk, VA

PEOPLE’S CHOICE-“Opportunity and the American Dream,” Benton Middle School, Manassas, VA

The general audience will select an “Audience Favorite” to receive $500 for the affiliated school or association.