Essay-writing Contest

The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) announced the winners of its high school essay contest on Monday, August 17th. The contest was launched in June as a means for high school students to engage in discourse about democracy.

Students were given the choice between answering one of the following prompts:

  1. How should governments approach democratic values during the coronavirus crisis, and how does this impact you as a high schooler?

  2. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” King called on our nation to rise “to the sunlit path of racial justice.” In 2020, how can we make real the promises of democracy? 


Click on the name of the student to view their essay:

1st Place Divya Mehrish, “COVID-19: A Global Crisis of Health and Democracy”

2nd Place George Porteous, “America’s Broken Promise”

3rd Place Yotam Pe’er, “Democratic Values and the COVID-19 Response”

The judging committee consisted of RDI Board Members, Garry Kasparov, Mark Lasswell, and Annie Duke, as well as RDI’s Executive Director, Uriel Epshtein. Winners will receive cash prizes and an opportunity to have a virtual lunch with RDI board members. The Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded by world chess champion Garry Kasparov among other prominent voices with a mission to foster democratic values in the US and around the world.

Click here to view the Terms and Conditions for this contest.

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