Record Number of Students Enter the Ayn Rand Institute’s “Fountainhead” Essay Contest
Irvine, CA, July 7, 2009--More than 7,000 high school students, a record number, have entered the Ayn Rand Institute's annual "Fountainhead" essay contest, which will award the winners a total of $43,250 in prizes.
First published in 1943, The Fountainhead tells the heroic and fascinating story of Howard Roark, an intransigently independent architect who stands against society's conventions and refuses to compromise his standards in work and in life.
Open to 11th and 12th graders, the "Fountainhead" essay contest requires contestants to write on one of several topics dealing with the characters and themes in the novel. The contest is designed to promote critical thinking and writing skills. Essays are judged on both style and content.
According to Marilee Dahl, ARI's education manager, "Judges look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of The Fountainhead."
Since 1985 more than 200,000 high school students from around the world have entered ARI essay contests and received more than a half a million dollars in prizes.
The first prize winner for the “Fountainhead” essay contest this year will take home $10,000; 5 second-prize winners will receive $2,000 each, and 10 third-prize winners will receive $1,000 each. In addition, 45 finalists will get $100 each and every one of the 175 semifinalists will get $50.
More information about this year's competition can be found at http://aynrand.org/contests.
To interview Ms. Marilee Dahl or for more information on ARI’s educational programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org