High School Essay Contest Reflecting on Events of 9/11 Announced


Patrick Anderson was in New York’s World Trade Center when the first plane hit Sept. 11, 2001. Anderson, who escaped from the tower, is principal and CEO of East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group LCC. Anderson founded the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund to ensure that future generations remember the terrorist attacks 17 years ago as a day of loss and tragedy as well as one of heroism and sacrifice.

Anderson won’t forget that day. We won’t forget that day. But students who are juniors and seniors in high school this year were too young to remember the attacks. Schools have concentrated more on the War on Terror and less on the 9/11 attacks, but knowledge of the events of that day will inform youth’s attitudes toward national and global policies.

For those reasons, and others, the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is encouraging high school students to research and reflect on 9/11. Over time, the fund will assemble the best submissions into collections of essays that will provide a record of how our youth view the terrorist attacks and their impact on our nation and world. 

A $250 scholarship will be given for the best essay, $150 will be awarded to the second-place essay and $100 will go to the third-place essay. All essays must be 1,000 words or less. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 12.

Students planning to submit an essay should review the contest rules on the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund website. Questions about the contest can be directed to Lauren Branneman of the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund at michiganremembers@gmail.com or at (517) 333-6984.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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