Essay Contest

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2017 Student Essay Contest

For the 2017 Student Essay Contest, we asked middle and high school students for their thoughts on the United States role as the "Arsenal of Democracy" in World War II and what they feel the United States’ role as the "Arsenal of Democracy" should be today. Over 900 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and Ramstein Air Force Base responded with ideas and concerns ranging from international security, homelessness, the strength of democratic institutions, confronting rogue nations, and the ongoing opioid crisis. Thank you to all of the students who took the time to consider the role of the United States in the 21st century, as well as their own place in the world as Americans. Please enjoy reading the winnings essays below.


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