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2020 Youth Rendezvous essay contest

One of the platoons from Charlie Company waves “Oonii Awagauds” which means goodbye in the Hidatsa language as they sit together during the closing ceremony at the United Tribes Technical College Thursday evening.

The shawl dance is demonstrated during the closing ceremony on Thursday evening.

1. Student Winners

The top ten selected students from each state and territory were awarded a free trip to North Dakota during the 2006 Lewis and Clark Signature Event. The trip included opportunities to learn about American Indian culture and military heritage while touring the state and participating in fun and adventurous activities. Meals, transportation and housing was provided by the National Guard free of charge.

2. Eligibility

This essay contest was open to all students who are U.S. citizens or legal aliens. Qualifying contestants needed to be high school juniors or seniors in August 2006. The contest was entered at and selected at the state level.

3. Essay requirements

All essays were evaluated on original thought relating the Lewis and Clark expedition. Essays were either submitted online or through a hard copy application procedure. The essays included these four parts: title page, essay, bibliography (if applicable) and a filled out entry form.The essays addressed the following question, and were a minimum of 1,000 words, and no more than 1,500 words.“In your opinion, what military value (stated below) most describes the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery journey and why?

  • Loyalty: Bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers.
  • Duty: Fulfill your obligations.
  • Respect: Treat people as they should be treated.
  • Selfless-Service: Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.
  • Honor: Live up to all the Army values.
  • Integrity: Do what’s right, legally and morally.
  • Personal Courage: Face fear, danger, or adversity (physical or moral).

4. Judging criteria

Students who entered the essay contest were required to be high school juniors or seniors during the 2006-2007 school year. Student entries were judged by the following criteria:

  1. Clarity of expression.
  2. Original thought and perspective.
  3. Historical accuracy.
  4. Clear thesis and organized supporting paragraphs.
  5. Proper use of grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
  6. If sources are referenced, use appropriate annotation.

Students were able to submit their essays online.