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October 16, 2012 > "Dear Mr. President" essay contest

"Dear Mr. President" essay contest

Submitted By Amy Krouse

As America prepares to elect its President, Rand McNally and USA TODAY Education invite students in grades 7-12 to tell our President what's on their minds via Rand McNally's "Dear Mr. President" essay contest, running through November 27. Maybe it's climate change, or the challenges of managing our scarce natural resources. Or is it health care, the cost of college, or possibly the economy?

As technology has made the world smaller, the ability to think critically about global and local issues has become an important skill for 21st century life. Rand McNally's mission is to provide students with a love for geography and discovery, and also to provide them with a platform to express ideas about the issues they believe will shape their own futures.

From the submitted essays, ten finalists (five from 7-9th grade submissions and five from the 10-12th grade submissions) will receive a three-day, two-night WorldStrides DiscoverNOW! trip for two to Washington, D.C. The trip is sponsored by WorldStrides. In addition, the finalists will have their essays published in a "Dear Mr. President" ebook and on USA TODAY's Education website,

Two Grand Prize winners will be chosen, one from the 7-9th grade finalist entries and one from the 10-12th grade finalist entries. Each Grand Prize winner will receive a $5,000 "529 Scholarship." The schools for the Grand Prize winners will each receive $5,000 of Rand McNally product.

Information and complete contest rules for "Dear Mr. President" are available at

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