High School and college students in Yakima are invited to get involved in a essay contest about Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, the longest serving Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. Officials at the Yakima Valley Museum say six cash prizes will be awarded to students "whose writing best explores aspects of the Douglas legacy." Prizes in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to the two first-place winners; $750 for second-place essays; and $500 for third-place essays.

Hurry up and start penning that essay

The deadline for entries is July 1. Details, including contest policies and requirements, can be found at https://www.yvmuseum.org/william-o-douglas-award-essay
“This contest has generated tremendous enthusiasm with our education partners so we’re looking forward to building awareness and receiving outstanding submissions from students,” says Peter Arnold, director of the Yakima Valley Museum. “Our museum seeks to engage young people with the great stories of our valley, and certainly the Douglas legacy is the story of a person shaped by Yakima and whose ideas shaped our nation.”

Students from schools around the area are invited to be a part of the contest

The contest is open for students at Whitman College, Central Washington University Douglas Honors College, Heritage University, Pacific Northwest University and Yakima Valley College. High school students are also invited in grades 9 through 12 attending public, private, parochial or home schools in Educational Service District 105.
Museum officials say "students must have a nominating teacher or professor involved in the application. Students will be asked to write an essay of 800 to 1,000 words on one of three topics relating to the values Justice Douglas espoused."
The winners will be invited to attend a William O. Douglas banquet, to be held in Yakima on August 13.

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