Congressional Essay Contest for Northern Michigan Students

Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today encouraged Northern Michigan students to participate in the 2012 “Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest” sponsored by the United States Capitol Historic Society.

“This contest is an excellent opportunity for Northern Michigan students to express their views and explore ways citizens can be more involved in the democratic process. We have no shortage of bright minds in the First District, so I am confident any of our applicants have a good shot at taking home a prize,” said Benishek, a first term lawmaker from Iron River.

The topic of this year’s contest is “The Role of Informed Citizenship in Making Democracy Work.” Students are asked to write an essay that explores the importance of informed citizens in making the American democratic system work. The contest is open for both middle school and high school students throughout Michigan’s First Congressional District.

Contest Overview:

Junior Division: 600 (minimum) to 800 (maximum) words

Senior Division: 800 (minimum) to 1,200 (maximum) words

All submissions must be postmarked or electronically submitted by, June 15, 2012.


First Place – $1,000 & trip to Washington, D.C.

Second Place – $500

Third Place – $100

Honorable Mention–The top 50 entries in each division will receive a copy of the book Understanding Congress by former Congressman Lee Hamilton.