Congratulations to our 2018 winner Jennifer Lamb!
Click here to read Jennifer Lamb’s inspiring essay.
If interested in future essay contests, check the Nantucket Atheneum website Fall 2018.
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.
Utilizing an idea from either the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution as a starting point, 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.
The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700. Sources beyond the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution may be used but citations and a bibliography are not included in the word count.
A total of $1,000 will be awarded to winning essays proportions to be decided by the Nantucket Atheneum American Spirit Committee.
The contest deadline was May 28, 2018. Check back for the 2019 deadline.
Entry Form (pdf)
All entries must be postmarked or received by Monday, May 28, 2018. Entries should be addressed to:
Leslie Malcolm, Contest Coordinator
1 India Street
Nantucket, MA 20554
Each essay submission must include a registration form available at the Nantucket Atheneum or its website: www.nantucketatheneum.org/
The Nantucket Atheneum is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible or incomplete submissions. Receipt of entries will be acknowledged.
By entering you agree that your essay will become the property of the Nantucket Atheneum and will not be returned. The Nantucket Atheneum reserves the right to print and display the essays and photographs of the contest winners.
Essays are judged by members of the Nantucket Atheneum American Spirit Award Committee and decisions of the Committee are final. All participants will be notified by email or telephone of the Committee’s decision on Monday, June 18, 2018. Please do not call the Nantucket Atheneum for information about the status of an essay.
The contest is open to Nantucket High School students or resident homeschooled students in grades 11 or 12.
- The contest deadline is Monday, May 28, 2018.
- Essays must explore an American value originating in the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution and include why this value is important throughout history and in today’s world.
- If additional sources are used citations and a bibliography are required.
- Essays can be no more than 1,000 words with a minimum of 700. Any citations or bibliography are not included in the word count.
- Essays must be the original work of the student.
- Essays are to be submitted by email or US mail no later than Monday, May 28, 2018.
- All students must complete and submit a registration form with the essay. Registration forms are available on the Nantucket Atheneum website: www.nantucketatheneum.org.