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Should schools be able to keep tabs on students’ social media to prevent internet bullying? Should there be regulations that prohibit President Trump from tweeting? With our “We the Students” essay contest, you could win prizes just for sharing your thoughts on these issues!

Each year, We the Students gives 8-12th-grade students from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspective on a trending topic.

This year’s prompt: To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?

We are awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes to the students who submit the best essays on the topic.

  • 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
  • Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each

For more details, and to enter, click the ‘sign up’ button below and submit your 500-800-word essay before February 5, 2018

New Scholarship (deadline January 31st)

How to Face a Disaster?

Submissions to be posted
October 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More and more, humans are being affected by natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not come only in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to face all sorts of disasters in their personal lives. Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, or even a loss of faith; it could be having to abandon one’s home due to war or persecution at the hands of a tyrant. Some disasters may seem smaller at first glance, but can feel just as consequential – a first gray hair, a failed class, getting passed over for a promotion … the list goes on and on.

A life with no disasters is a fantasy. All of us face them – both personally and globally – sooner or later. Then, how should we face a disaster? Just as we take measures while constructing buildings on a fault line, can we be always prepared? How do we defend our inner peace when facing danger?

Tell us how you survive difficult times. Give us your best advice. Share your greatest life lesson.

  • Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018
  • Contest open to all writers worldwide
  • Essay word count must be between 1,500 and 2,500
  • Essays must be submitted as Word document only through the essay contest page at www.fountainmagazine.com/essaycontest
  • Cash prizes:
  •                           1st Place – $1,000
  •                           2nd Place – $500
  •                           3rd Place – $300

Two Honorable Mentions – $150 each

Essay submission deadline For more information:
January 31, 2018 www.fountainmagazine.com/essaycontest

Congressional Award Internship Opportunity

JOIN THEIR TEAM NEXT SPRING!  (Short time left to apply)
Gain valuable work experience on Capitol Hill through an internship with The Congressional Award National Office. We’re accepting applications for the spring term (mid/late January to late April).
Ideal candidates have academic, career, or social interests in political science, non-profit management, leadership development, youth/civic engagement, and/or event management.

Apply by November 24, 2017 for spring internship 

We accept internship applications on a rolling basis. However, the following are deadlines for each term:

  • Spring 2018: Application Deadline: November 24, 2017
  • Summer 2018:Application Deadline: March 23, 2018
  • Fall 2018:Application Deadline: June 29, 2018
Questions? Contact Molly Geiser, Internship Coordinator, at 
(202) 226-0130 or geiser@congressionalaward.org.

Way to Go Burak!!!

Saturday Burak Cetinkaya participated in “Mount Prospects River Trails obstacle course race” He did an amazing job and took 4th place, earning a metal, out of 30+ kids his age. He said the course was  fun and challenging, but he didn’t like running through the water and sliding down the hill and getting all soapy and messy. He explained the hardest part of the course was carrying the heavily weighted bag on his back up the steep hill. We are proud of our KYC representative. Way to go Burak!

Way to Go Talha!!!!

Sack attack: Talha Ayhan makes most of opportunity for North Central (Thank you to the Sun Times for this article) 

“It was a great game,” Ayhan said. “The sacks were great. The record is great, and it’s going to stay in the books. But now it’s time to move on. This game is over. We have Wheaton next week.”

Ayhan, from Glenbard South, entered camp as a linebacker. Listed at only 5-foot-10, 208 pounds, he moved to defensive end three days in. He slowly worked his way into the rotation, recording a sack each of the past two weeks before Saturday’s breakout performance.

“I wanted to make an impact for this team,” Ayhan said. “I moved back to D-line and it works amazing. I love it.”

NCC defensive coordinator Mike Murray is finding opportunities for Ayhan, who didn’t even appear on Saturday’s two-deep depth chart.

“He’s got a great motor,” Murray said. “You try to put him in situations where he uses his assets and we try to eliminate as many of the liabilities as we can. There is a size thing there, but his motor is so good that there will be certain times where he will give us a great burst off the edge. People are going to have to take a peek at where he is.”

He connected with the Cardinals’ leading receiver, Andrew Kamienski, for a 25-yard TD and running back Austin Breunig for a 41-yard score, both in the second quarter as NCC built a 21-0 halftime lead.

Breunig and Dominick Muoghalu each scored rushing TDs. Muoghalu has scored seven TDs in the past three games and a team-high nine overall.

The Cardinals added a 27-yard field goal by Liam Crotty and a safety off of Matt Sutherland’s blocked punt.

The story, however, was the defense. North Park averaged less than a yard per carry, gaining 31 yards in 33 attempts. North Central recorded seven sacks and Zach Greenburg had an interception.

“It’s finally coming together where we’re seeing a championship-caliber defense, which we know we can play,” senior linebacker Tom Sora said. “We just had to put the pieces of the puzzle together. We know what this defense is capable of.”

Now, the Cardinals can look ahead to Wheaton. On the line is the Little Brass Bell, redemption for last year’s playoff loss to the Thunder and the inside track to the CCIW title.

“We hadn’t had any type of next-week talk at all until it went to 0:00 on the clock,” Murray said. “We still had so much that we wanted to improve on from our last performances, so our guys were really present, in the moment and focused.”

Paul Johnson is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun.