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June 28, 2011 > Local student wins national essay contest and scholarship

Local student wins national essay contest and scholarship

Submitted By Torn Crossan

This year Rajeswari Ramanathan from Fremont won an essay contest sponsored by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America OJSCDA). Essay winners received full scholarships to attend the 2011 Congressional Seminar held June 18-24 in Washington, D.C.

Presented by the Washington Workshop Foundation -a nonprofit educational organization located in Washington D.C. - the Congressional Seminar engages qualified high school students in active legislative simulation during a weeklong Model Congress. Playing the roles of freshman representatives, speakers, lobbyists, and caucus leaders, participants work to draft, revise, and hopefully pass a bill through a vote of their seminar peers.

Additionally, seminar participants who hail from 30 states and various social backgrounds, enjoy lectures, site visits, and personal interactions with Washington, D.C.-based policy makers, professionals, and Representatives.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. Founded in 1891, the NSCDA is an association of 45 Corporate Societies with over 15,000 members. Society headquarters are located in Washington, D.C. Programs and projects include the annual national essay contest.

Since 1967, the Washington Workshops Foundation has provided experience-based, educational travel programs to highly-motivated, academically-prepared, and inquisitive students from across the United States and around the world. The majority of these programs have brought students to Washington, D.C. for a more comprehensive understanding of leadership, civic education, federal government, U.S. politics, and global affairs.

This year's NSCDA essay topic related to George Washington's warning against the advent of political parties in his 1796 Farewell Address.

Rajeswari Ramanathan graduated in June from Irvington High School in Fremont. She will attend the University of California, Berkeley this fall.

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