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MCC Washington Office kicks off high school essay contest

Mary Stata
October 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Office of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. is inviting submissions for its 11th annual high school essay contest.

This year’s grand prize is a trip to Washington, D.C., including a visit to the winner’s congressional office. Three regional honorable mention prizes also will be awarded.

“The high school essay contest is a wonderful way for students to explore the relationship between faith and public policy,” said Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director of the Washington Office. “We hope that the contest will promote church-wide awareness of public policy issues by highlighting Mennonite and Brethren in Christ youth perspectives.”

Students can choose to write on either international debt relief or U.S. housing issues. All essays must be submitted by Dec. 18.

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

More information, including instructions for where to send completed essays, is available at