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Ti il m i CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, November 17- Monday, November 20, 2006 - 57 Legislative Essay Scholarship deadline Nov. 30 High school seniors in Delaware are highly encouraged to apply for the annual Legislative Essay Scholarship contest. For the 2007-2008 school year, students must submit an essay between 500 and 2,000 words on the topic: The Declaration of Independence states that "all men are created equal." How true was this concept then and is it true today? The deadline to submit an essay is Nov. 30. Up to 62 scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded for each senatori- al and representative district in the state. District winners compete for three statewide awards of $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000. "We are in the eighth year of this exciting scholarship pro- gram," says Maureen Laffey, director of the Higher Education Commission, which administers the program. "The Legislative Essay Scholarship program not only broadens the student's knowledge of American history, it is also a great opportunity to earn money for college." The contest was established under legislation jointly spon- sored by House Majority Leader Rep. Wayne A. Smith (R- Brandywine Hundred-North) and Senator David P. Sokola (D- Newark). "This year, student's will be exploring the very essence of our Declaration of Independence and discussing how that powerful idea continues to fuel our great experi- ment in freedom and democracy," said Smith. A new topic is selected each year and focuses on events, peo- ple, philosophies, technologies, governments, or ideals in American history from approxi- mately 1770 to 1860. Previous contest topics have been George Washington, Frederick Douglass, James Madison, Abigail Adams, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Alexander - Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin. To apply, stu- dents must meet the contest rules and submit an original essay of between 500 to 2,000 words with their application to the Higher Forum held on innovative education Lt. Gov. John Carney joined with the Delaware Chamber of Commerce recently for the 2006 Sharing Forum. At the annual conference, winners from the Lt. Governor's "Models of Excellence in Education" pro- gram and the Chamber's "Superstars in Education" pro- gram, shared their ideas and suc- cess with members of the state's education and business communi- ties. "Delaware schools are com- ing up with very creative and effective ways of improving edu- cation in this state," said Carney. "One of the best ways to continue this improvement is not only by recognizing the achieving schools, but giving them an opportunity to communicate their ideas with other schools that need a little more help." Each year, "Models of Excellence" schools are chosen from a group that have shown continuous improvement on their DSTP scores, as well as progress in closing the minority and low- income achievement gaps. The 2006 winners include Castle Hills Elementary School, David W. Harlan Elementary School, East Millsboro Elementary School, and E Nell Postlethwait Middle School. "Superstars in Education" win- ners are selected for their innova- tive programs that inspire stu- dents and raise student achieve- ment. This year's winners were David W. Harlan Elementary School, Delcastle Technical High School, Etta J. Wilson Elementary School, the Indian River School District, New Castle Middle School, and Thomas Edison Charter School. Each of these schools were rec- ognized at the Sharing Forum and given the opportunity to present their award-winning programs. The winners led panel discussions about their initiatives in content, data collection, and management. After the conference, Carney said, "I was pleased to have so many members of Delaware's education and business communi- ties present. These two groups are very important for preserving Delaware's future and keeping our economy strong." 19606 Coastal Hi Suite 202 Rehoboth Beach, DE- • 302.226.5991 877-40 BEACH "We're making the American Dream Easy" Education Commission by Nov. 30. Contest rules and applications are available from high school guidance counselors or can be provided by contacting the Delaware Higher Education Commission (DHEC) at 302-577- 3240 or 800-292-7935 (toll-free outside New Castle County). Interested students can also go online at www.doe.k 1 ed/essay.htm for this year's rules and applications. 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