Essay Competition

Big Ideas for a Changing World:
Write Your Way to Hamilton

2018-2019 Rhode Island 10th Grade Essay Contest

Open to Rhode Island students enrolled in tenth grade in public and other tuition-free schools. Entries must be emailed or postmarked by March 15, 2019.

Rhode Island is a place of firsts – innovation is in our blood! We were the first place in the modern world to incorporate the revolutionary principle of religious freedom in our governing documents. That idea and the related concept of separation of church and state have gone on to sweep the world. Today, these principles are included in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Just a little more than 100 years later, Rhode Islanders changed the world again – this time by starting the Industrial Revolution in America. What will we do next?

This competition is for students in the 10th grade (2018-2019 academic year), with or without full class participation; students may enter individually or through their class. Entries must be emailed or postmarked by March 15. Students are asked to respond to the prompt below:

What is happening now in your community, or what could be happening, that has the power to change the future in Rhode Island and potentially the world?

What’s the prize for successfully recognizing this powerful change? A trip to New York City on May 11, 2019 to see a matinee showing of the award-winning and genre-busting Broadway show, Hamilton, An American Musical; matinee, lunch and chartered bus  transportation to and from New York City on May 11 included. Winners from each Rhode Island county will be selected. Teachers who sponsor this competition in their classes and have an award-winning student essay will also be invited to join us. The event, including bus trip, time in NYC and show will be chaperoned by teachers of winning students and by NHS staff. Tickets and trip are nontransferable.

Submit your essay

A completed form must accompany all essay submissions

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Winning Essays from 2018-2019

  • College Isn't the Only Option

    Fiona Christensen
  • Medicated Assisted Treatment in Rhode Island

    Emma Darcy
  • Reducing the Stigma of Depression

    Esmeralda Flores
  • Pajeh Osoowemoouk (Till it is, Shall be Changed)

    Nkéke Harris
  • Anyone Can Work

    Grace Haskell
  • Youth Empowerment

    Madeleine McCarthy
  • Journalism in the New Age

    Tara Monastesse
  • Stability in a New Country

    Kaitlyn Salinas
  • Hacking the Future: Access to Coding Education Can Help RI Youth Escape Poverty

    Luke Taylor
  • The Modern Industrial Revolution

    Emma Ventura



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