High school students could win $5,000 by sharing personal ethics

(Fremont County, WY) – By describing how ethics have guided and shaped their lives, high school students in Wyoming have an opportunity to win $5,300. Students must be sponsored by teachers, who can now register to participate in the annual American Dream Essay Contest.

The American Dream Essay contest has impacted the lives of youth for over 20 years in Wyoming. Students have experienced life-changing discoveries about who they are and their future potential.


The American Dream Essay Contest is centered on “Ten Principles to Live By,” as highlighted in the book, Cowboy Ethics, by bestselling author Jim Owens. Every high school and homeschool student in grades 9-12 is invited to participate by reflecting on the Ten Principles (or their personal ethical beliefs) and writing an essay based on these guiding forces.

Every school will have a winner, and educators have cash incentives for their time and effort as well. First, second, and third place winners from each school receive monetary prizes. The first place local winner is then forwarded to the state competition, which will be held on April 10, 2022, at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper.

The top essay at the state level wins $5,000; second place receives $3,000; and third will win $2,000. Two honorable mentions will each receive $1,000. Last year, more than $39,000 was awarded!

The American Dream Essay contest is sponsored by Zimmerman Family Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Hilltop National Bank, Larry and Margo Bean, Kevin and Julie Murphy, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming.

For more information, visit www.americandreamessay.org or contact Cece Tolin at (307) 235-4079, or email [email protected]


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