Sophomore Austin Campbell Selected as Freedom Foundation Winner
Sophomore, Austin Campbell, was chosen by the American Veterans (AMVETS) Department of New Jersey as the “2011 Freedom Foundation” winner.
Representing the State of New Jersey as a student at Saint Augustine Prep, Austin and the other 1st Place winners from 14 states throughout the nation will receive an all expenses paid trip to the Freedoms Foundation “American Leaders Youth Summit: Spirit of America” program on November 3–6. The program, held at the Freedom Foundation’s 85-acre campus in Valley Forge, PA, centers on topics such as freedom, civil rights and civic responsibilities, citizenship, public policy, self-development and leadership, entrepreneurship and salient aspects of American history.
The Freedom Foundation, founded in 1949, is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian educational organization providing a wide range of educational and awards programs for students, teachers, and citizens to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the principles and responsibilities of a free and democratic society.
In partnership with the Freedom Foundation, the AMVETS National Service Foundation sponsors the AMVETS National Americanism Essay Contest open to all students in the 6th through 12th grades nationally. Austin participated as a 9th-10th grade student by submitting an essay of 400 words or less to be judged on originality, adherence to theme, and literary composition. This year’s theme was “Why Is It Important to Vote?”
You can read Austin’s entire essay here: Why Is It Important to Vote.