Oklahoma high school juniors and seniors have the chance to win a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens by entering an essay contest about George Washington’s presidency.


Oklahoma high school juniors and seniors have the chance to win a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens by entering an essay contest about George Washington’s presidency.


The purpose of the contest is for students to research and learn about George Washington’s leadership and contributions as the first president of the United States and how his time in office relates to today’s society. With the 44th presidential election approaching, it is important for students to understand the history of the presidency and to learn how George Washington guided the U.S. through the early years of nationhood.


Through the contest, four Oklahoma students will win a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and attend the Shaping the Presidency national distance learning broadcast on Oct. 14 with ABC journalist Cokie Roberts, historian Joseph Ellis and White House Historical Association historian John Riley.


For eligibility, high school juniors and seniors must write an essay titled “How Did George Washington Shape the Presidency and the Nation?” Each school may enter its top three essays for consideration. The essays must be 600 words or less. All essays must be submitted to The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, 120 N Robinson Ave #1420-W, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, and received by Sept. 17. Winners will be announced Sept. 26.


Those with questions can contact George Washington Oklahoma Teaching Ambassador Jan McClaren at (918) 277-4402 or jmcclaren@mountvernon.org.