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Nonprofit offers essay contest for high schoolers

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A New Mexico nonprofit is giving homebound high school students statewide an optional assignment, and if they do it, they can win a monetary prize.

New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) is hosting its second annual essay contest for high schoolers. NMEW is a non-partisan organization dedicated to making sure that New Mexico government is working ethically, and to improving the ethical culture in New Mexico. Each year, they ask students to weigh-in on a relevant topic for the contest.

This year’s topic is: “Thinking ethically, do the ends ever justify the means?”

The contest is normally just for high school juniors and seniors, but NMEW opened it to all high school students in public and private schools, as well as traditionally home-schooled students, because of school closures due to COVID-19. Organizers are hopeful that it will be a fun way to engage students and get them thinking about the importance of ethics and accountability in government and public life as they enter adulthood.

“We’re excited to once again be extending our reach to New Mexico students, who will be the foundation of our ethical culture for decades to come,” said NMEW Executive Director Kathleen Sabo. “We’re pleased to provide a learning experience for high schoolers during this time of school closures. We look forward to seeing the brilliant work and creativity of students and choosing the prize winners.”

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The contest’s guidelines and submission instructions can be found on NMEW’s website, http://nmethicswatch.org/student-essay-competition/.

Details include the following:

• The deadline for submission of completed essays to NMEW is May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

• Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($500), 2nd place ($250), 3rd place ($150) and honorable mention (two prizes of $50).

• Essays will be judged blindly for relevance to theme, clarity, creativity and grammar/spelling.

• The contest is open to New Mexico residents only.

NMEW hopes to conduct its annual “Ethics In New Mexico” event in the summer of 2020, circumstances permitting, at which winners will be announced. Details concerning the event will be released when finalized.

 

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