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La Entrada student Andrew Tan wins first place in national essay contest

by Contributed Content on May 20, 2014

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La Entrada Middle School student Andrew Tan of Menlo Park was recently named one of the winners of the 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Andrew was awarded First Place in the Junior Division and earned a cash prize of $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C, with his parents and younger brother.

“…Andrew’s essay reflected a deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our representative form of government,” said U.S. Capitol Historical Society President Ron Sarasin.

The La Entrada student’s essay was titled Democracy: Cohesion between People & Government and touched on the cost of defending the rights enjoyed by U.S. citizens.

“In a successful democracy, individual rights and liberties must be applied impartially, education and current information must be readily available, and the citizens must do their part to allow the law to be applied fairly,” Andrew wrote. “America has survived and struggled through adversities to become one of the longest living democracies in the world because of its strong commitment to the Constitution, impartial application of the law, and unrestricted information from varying political opinions.”

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) offered her congratulations: “…[his essay] proved to be exceptionally insightful as to what comprises a functioning and effective democracy. I join Andrew’s family and our entire community in celebrating his exceptional work and winning essay.”

The 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest was made possible by a  grant from Express Scripts. The 2013 contest is the second in the US Capitol Historical Society’s Making Democracy Work program that drew hundreds of entries from students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. [Note: Richard Alec Merski, a senior at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia, won first place in the senior division.]

The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS),  a nonpartisan, private, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1962 and is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol building, its institutions, and the people who have served there.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Capitol Historical Society

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