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Essay contest testimonials

Here's what teachers who have participated in the TWI Ethics Essay Contest have said about the value of student participation.

The ethics essay contest gives students an opportunity to evaluate their personal guidelines for living ethically in an increasingly decadent society. The contest challenges students to reflect on their personal values while responding to a format that demands thought and creativity. It is one of the most significant writing assignments that students undertake in high school.

Janet Wood, English teacher, Chandler High School, Chandler, Arizona

The development of ethics awareness is an important part of every young person's education, and involvement in the contest has afforded our students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of their own concepts and responsibilities.

Susan Stropko, Superintendent, Patagonia Union High School, Patagonia, Arizona

For the last nine years, Foothills Academy students have engaged in thinking about ethical issues through the stimulating and provocative topics set before them by The Williams Institute. This yearly event has been extremely valuable as a support activity in my classroom.

Donald S. Senneville, Ph.D., Director, Foothill's Academy College Preparatory, Scottsdale, Arizona

I am writing to commend you for what you do for our youth. Your essay contest prompts our juniors and seniors to think about the community, county, and world in which they live and what they as individuals can do to make it better. The emphasis on ethics helps them to see that it begins with each one of them and the choices they make.

Cindy Hoffman, English Department Chair, Seton Catholic High School, Chandler, Arizona

We always talk about teaching ethics and character in the context of a traditional high school curriculum, but it is--more often than not--something that never quite gets delivered. Our students enjoy examining societal issues and feeling that they are free to talk about them and write about them. The Williams Institute essay contest give both teachers and students a content-based, somewhat private, way for students to respond "outside the curriculum." It also generously enables us to recognize our brightest minds.

Dan Coombs, Principal, Desert Ridge High School, Gilbert, Arizona

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