BestPrep Essay Competition (Grades 9 – 11)

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by Minneapolis Alumni Connection (MAC)

Calling all Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior writers!

We wanted to bring up a tremendous opportunity to develop and hone your writing skills and win some great prizes in the process with the BestPrep essay competition. Prizes include great Apple products, such as a MacBook Air and iPads; a Kindle Fire; and Target gift cards.

The topic for this year’s competition is “The Value of Education.” This topic is inspired by an extremely talented, influential woman from Benin, Angelique Kidjo. Ms. Kidjo wrote the powerful book, “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music” – for more info on this book Click Here. The top 20 student winners will be invited to the Educational Forum featuring Ms. Kidjo in fall of 2015.

The due date for the 600-750 word essay is April 8, 2015. Students will be writing in response to the following prompt:

Education in the United States is often times taken for granted. What is the value of education locally, and around the world? Why should we care about the education of a student in Benin, Africa (Angélique’s home country), and why should Angélique Kidjo care about the education of a student in Minnesota? What challenges do you face in your own educational and career journey, and how do you plan to overcome these challenges?

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Megan Gustafson at or 763-233-6322.

Good luck!

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