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2006 JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

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  • Cathy Travlos
    2006 JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest Accepting Submissions from U.S. High School Students Boston, MA- The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 3, 2005
      2006 JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

      Accepting Submissions from U.S. High School Students

      Boston, MA- The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced today that the
      2006 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is now open and
      accepting submissions from U.S. high school students enrolled in grades
      nine through twelve. The deadline for entries is Saturday, January 7, 2006.

      Students and teachers may access the contest s website at

      The annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites students from across
      the nation to write an essay about a political issue at the local, state or
      national level and an elected official in the United States who is acting
      or has acted courageously to address that issue. The contest is a companion
      program of the Profile in Courage Award, named for President Kennedy s 1957
      Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounts the
      stories of American statesmen, the obstacles they faced, and the special
      valor they demonstrated despite the risks. The essay contest is sponsored
      by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and generously supported by
      Fidelity Investments.

      The winner of this competitive annual contest is awarded a $3,000 cash
      prize. The student s nominating teacher receives a John F. Kennedy Public
      Service Grant in the amount of $500 to be applied toward school projects
      involving student leadership and civic engagement. These honors are
      bestowed upon the winner and nominating teacher at the annual Profile in
      Courage Award ceremony hosted by Caroline Kennedy and U.S. Senator Edward
      M. Kennedy each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

      The essay contest fittingly honors President Kennedy, who believed deeply
      in the power of the individual and the promise of our nation s young
      people, said John Shattuck, CEO of the Kennedy Library Foundation. It is
      gratifying to see how readily students today can identify and understand
      acts of political courage and their importance in our democratic society.

      We are pleased to support this contest to encourage student leadership and
      civic engagement, said Doug Reed, senior vice president of Regional
      Management and Public Affairs for Fidelity Investments. This national
      contest for high school students is a reflection of our commitment to
      education, literacy, and civic involvement.

      Last year, the Kennedy Library Foundation received 2,459 essays from
      students across the country, including all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and
      overseas American schools in Guam, France, and Korea. Allie Comet, a
      17-year old senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and Kevin
      Zhou, a 16-year old junior from Monte Vista School in Danville, California,
      shared the top honors in 2005 s Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

      Comet s winning essay illustrated the political courage displayed by
      Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., who was called upon by President Kennedy to
      testify in support of the groundbreaking civil rights legislation the
      President was urging Congress in enact. Zhou s winning essay detailed the
      political courage of Humboldt County, California District Attorney Paul V.
      Gallegos, who confronted the environmental practices of Pacific Lumber
      Company, the region s largest and most influential private employer.

      Fidelity first began supporting the national essay contest in 2001, and has
      helped to extend the program by promoting and by providing technical
      assistance for the development and management of the contest website at

      The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a private, non-profit
      organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative
      resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a
      presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records
      Administration. The Kennedy Library Foundation and the Kennedy Presidential
      Library and Museum seek to promote, through educational and community
      programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics,
      history, and culture, the process of governing and the importance of public
      service. For more information about the Kennedy Library Foundation and the
      Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, visit


      Brent R. Carney

      Director of Communications

      John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

      Columbia Point

      Boston, Massachusetts 02125


      Fax: 617-514-1693

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