State of the Union Essay Contest

State of the Union Flier

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. Over the past eight years, students from schools throughout Vermont have written essays to the senator about important issues such as the declining middle class, climate change, health care reform and the rising cost of a college education.

At the beginning of 2019, the President of the United States will deliver a “State of the Union” speech to Congress, to report on the state of our country and outline his priorities for the coming year.

Each year, Senator Sanders invites Vermont’s high school students to write a 250-500 word essay focusing on what they believe are the major challenges facing our country, and how to solve them.

The essays will be judged by a panel of teachers. Senator Sanders will invite the 20 finalists to a roundtable discussion at the Vermont Statehouse and will enter their essays in the Congressional Record – the official archive of the U.S. Congress.

DEADLINE: Student essays must be submitted by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Please fill out the form below and copy and paste your essay in the box provided.

For questions about the contest please call (800) 339-9834