Practical View Points Essay Contest

In light of the value of deliberate thinking about big questions of life, The Wilberforce School is offering our first ever Practical View Points Essay Contest, with cash honoraria both for entrants and for the winning essays. The contest is possible through friends of Wilberforce who care deeply about future Christian leaders. Contest details and prizes are below.

Write a 2-page essay, 500 words or fewer, addressing one of the three questions listed below.

  • The first 30 students who submit a qualifying essay will be awarded $250 for submitting the essay, excluding the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. (Note: to qualify, the essay must be of a quality consistent with Wilberforce writing standards.)

  • Honorarium for 1st place: $2,500
  • Honorarium for 2nd place: $1,500
  • Honorarium for 3rd place: $1,000
  • Essays will be judged by a panel of Wilberforce faculty members.

Due Date:
All essays must be submitted to Mr. Yoon by midnight Friday, July 10. Late submissions will not be considered.

Wilberforce students entering Grades Nine, Ten, Eleven and Twelve.

1. In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis discusses objective value vs. subjective value. Is a waterfall beautiful because I feel that it is? Or is it objectively beautiful regardless of how I happen to feel about it? Explain Lewis's argument for objective value.

2. Aside from the Bible, Parson Weams' The Life of Washington was the most influential book in Lincoln's formative years. Read Weam's book, and provide a summary of the values you see emphasized in this book that you want to emulate in your life.

3. Why is Lincoln's letter to Deacon John Phillips of Sturbridge Massachusetts, the one thanking Phillips for his vote in the 1864 election, so remarkable? Write a paragraph identifying at least three qualities underscored in this letter, and then write a letter of your own, addressing someone to whom you are grateful because of his/her impact on your life. Be specific about that impact.