Your homeschool student can win a trip to New York by entering the 2013-2014 Stossel in the Classroom essay contest. This year’s subject is Food Nannies: Who decides what you eat? A total of 125 cash prizes will be awarded to students. Teachers are eligible for prizes too. The grand prize is an all-expense paid trip to New York City for a student, chaperone and a teacher, to see a live taping of Stossel.
Food Nannies: Who decides what you eat? Using this as the essay topic, students should write a 500-1000 word essay pertaining to this topic. Students should view the Fox News Hour program Myths, Lies, and Complete Stupidity, hosted by John Stossel. In this program, Stossel takes a critical look at food regulations designed to encourage people to make healthier food choices. The essay should address the following question: should it be the government’s job to try to keep people healthy—why or why not. The essay must include at least one reference from John Stossel’s Myths, Lies, and Complete Stupidity or his recent book, No They Can’t.
This essay contest is open to all students ages 12-18 and their teachers. First and second place winners receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City. Any teacher whose students place with at least an honorable mention will receive an autographed copy of one of John Stossel’s books.
The deadline to submit essays is Feb. 14, 2014. Teachers may submit an unlimited number of essays that meet the criteria. A complete listing of rules and contest regulations can be found on Stossel in the Classroom. The rules specifically state that homeschool students are welcome. All essays must be submitted by a teacher/homeschool educator. The essays from last year’s winners are online for parents to view. This will give you an idea of what they are looking for in a winning essay.
The video and other Stossel content is available on the website.
Benefits of entering
Whether or not you agree with John Stossel’s philosophy, it is a good idea for students to enter this contest. Any child in 4-H who has a food or health related project will benefit from entering this essay. Even if they do not place, it looks great in a record book.
Students who are involved in scouts can use this essay as part of a health or food based badge. It is a great way to get a child’s homeschool writing evaluated by someone outside of the home. A free trip to New York for two winners is a fun prize.
Lynda Altman has homeschooled her 4 children over the last 15 years and has 2 children in homeschool. She believes that homeschooling is a parent’s G-d given right. Lynda writes a blog called Homeschooling When Mom has Cancer. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.