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MCC U.S. Washington Office announces youth essay contest

Cathryn Clinton
October 8, 2008

WASHINGTON — The annual MCC Washington Office essay contest provides an opportunity for young people to reflect and write on how government action affects their lives, their communities and their world.

The contest focuses on the intersection of public policy with Anabaptist faith. For this 10th annual contest, students can choose one of the following topics: U.S. energy policy, the global food crisis and gun laws. Resources on these topics will be available beginning Oct.1 at

The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist high school students and to any youth who attend Mennonite high schools. Immediate family members of current MCC staff and board members are not eligible for the contest.

Written essays will be judged on clarity of writing style, creativity that illustrates imaginative and thoughtful positions, and content that demonstrates the issue.

Submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 15, and sent to the student's regional MCC Office. Contest winners will be announced by Feb. 27, 2009.

Prizes will be awarded as follows: one grand prize of $500 chosen from all entries; four prizes of $100 given to one student from each of the four MCC regions in the US.

Restorative justice was the theme of all three winning essays last year. Restorative justice focuses on the harms done by misconduct and the actions needed to heal the victims of crime, the offenders and the communities that surround them.

For more information, guidelines and a list of resources, contact the MCC U.S. Washington Office at 920 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC  20003. Call (202) 544-6564 or e-mail

The MCC Washington Office is a Mennonite and Brethren in Christ presence on Capitol Hill providing and encouraging prophetic witness to the way of Christ on matters of U.S. public policy.