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Westport essay contest gives students a chance to discuss race and ethnicity

Published 4:15 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Team Westport, a town appointed committee to promote diversity and multiculturalism, is sponsoring an essay contest for high school students.

The committee is asking students to respond to U.S. census figures that show that 30 years from now, racial and ethnic groups that are currently in the minority will collectively outnumber Caucasians, a change that has already occurred for people ages 20 and younger. Essay contestants will address the question: "As a high school student in 2013-14, you and your contemporaries are already part of this new reality. Please reflect on the impact this demographic trend will have on our country and on your life." Essays must be 1,000 words or less.

Students who attend school in Westport or live in Westport and attend school elsewhere are eligible. Prizes are $1,000 for first, $750 for second, and $500 for third. The Westport Library is co-sponsoring the contest.

Contest applications are available on the Team Westport web site at www.westportct.gov/teamwestportessay Essays must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2014. Winners will be announced on March 31, 2014.

Email info@teamwestport.com for more info.