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ACPL Hosts Civic Initiative Essay Contest

The American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL) at Southeastern University is hosting its second annual Civic Initiative Essay Contest. The contest provides high school students the opportunity to win up to $1,500 in scholarship prize money for their school of choice with a winning essay centered around civil discourse and civic engagement.

Open to high school students who reside in Polk County, the essay contest revolves around promoting civil discourse, civic engagement, and civic renewal. Students may enter one essay by March 30, 2022, that answers the prompt, “Why is civic engagement and the need for civil discourse important in our current political climate?”

Ten finalists will be selected on April 20, 2022, to advance to the second round of judging and present their essay to a panel of five judges. On May 2, 2022, three winners will be announced. The scholarship award for first place is $1,500, second place is $1,000, and third place is $500.

The contest will be judged by local college professors and community leaders.

For more information and a full list of rules, click here or call 863-667-5051.

About the ACPL

The American Center for Political Leadership is a bipartisan think tank that was founded at SEU to raise up a new generation of political leaders who understand that the only way to create real lasting change is by engaging when others pull back, by acting with civility when others work through disrespect and by defending the individual freedoms that form the bedrock of our society. The ACPL stands on three pillars: cultivating civic engagement, advancing political civility, and defending individual freedoms, with the goal of reclaiming the traditional American ideal that we can make this nation great by working together, no matter what our differences may be, and giving the next generation the tools they need to make this dream a reality.

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