State of the Union Essay Contest
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ annual State of the Union essay contest is designed to engage Vermont’s high school students on the major issues facing the country. During the past three years, more than 850 students from schools throughout Vermont wrote essays to the senator about such important issues as the declining middle class, climate change, health care reform, and the rising cost of a college education.
The U.S. Constitution calls for the president to “give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
As the president prepares his State of the Union speech for delivery to a joint session of Congress, Sen. Sanders’ essay contest asks Vermont’s high school students to write an essay of 250 words to 500 words about their view of the “state of the union.”
DEADLINE: Student essays must be submitted by noon on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
QUESTIONS: Contact Phil Fiermonte at 1-800-339-9834 or email him at Philip_Fiermonte@sanders.senate.gov