TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) - Is the Constitution still relevant? The answer from one Harrison High School student is worth around $10,000.
Harrison High School junior Mitch Staszewski took fourth place in the VFW National Voice of Democracy audio- essay contest. As the winner of the Indiana contest, he got an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. this week and competed against 49 other winners from each state and four more from around the world.
"Certainly to see that group of 54 people come together under such a relevant topic in that place was something like no other," he said.
Each contestant had to write an essay on the topic "Is the Constitution still relevant?" Then each entrant read his or her essay. Length was limited to 5 minutes.
He said the highlight of the trip was visiting the World War II Memorial because of his grandparents, along with seeing the U.S. Capitol and Smithsonian museums.
The group got to explore D.C. for the week and in a special awards ceremony he he found out he placed fourth overall.
"Finally realizing that they're down to four people and realizing that you have to be one of those was a feeling unlike any other. Being able to be one of those people was something I'll never get again," he said.
The fourth-place finish netted him $7,000, but he has also taken home additional money by winning the post, district and state level contests.
Staszewski hopes to use his scholarship money at Purdue in a couple years, perhaps as a history major.
The deadline for this year's contest is Nov. 1 and open to all high school students. Click here to see the theme and view entry information.
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