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Congratulations to our 2019 winner Victoria Dixon!

Click here to read her essay submission.

The Nantucket Atheneum’s American Spirit Essay Contest challenges high school students in grades 11 and 12 to write an original and creative essay that explores an American value that makes us who we are.

Students must utilize an idea from the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, or another primary source document of US history (e.g. speeches, acts of Congress) as a starting point.  Then they are to select a value and discuss its importance throughout history and in today’s world.

Our inspiration comes from long time Atheneum supporter Ken Roman and from David McCullough’s The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For.