The Henry Knox Museum is launching its new Knox Scholars initiative with an essay competition for Knox County students in grades 7, 8 and 11. Information has been sent to all schools in the area, public and private, and students are encouraged to participate.
Henry Knox was many things in his 56 years of life – a patriot, a military man, a farmer, an entrepreneur – but most of all, he was a leader. Leadership is something you become, not something you are born with, and it is a process of growth.
This essay competition asks students to examine some of the leadership qualities of General Henry Knox, whose home and burial place is in Thomaston, and choose one that they believe has possibilities in their lives. . The essay requires research into Henry Knox, exploring how he worked and used this quality at some point in his life – whether as a child, during the Revolution, while in the Washington Cabinet, or when he was moved to Thomaston, Maine and built Montpellier. Next, students are invited to write an essay that explores both the Henry Knox leadership quality they have chosen and how they hope to develop that leadership quality over the next several years. Why did they choose this quality and how can they “cultivate” this quality? How can they use this quality to help their school or their community?
Applicants must live in Knox County to participate. There will be one winner from each level of the competition – seventh, eighth and 11th – and a finalist. The essays will be published in local media and the winners will have the opportunity to read their essays at one of the museum members’ meetings. In addition, the winner of the 11th grade competition will receive $ 250, a free family membership to the Knox Museum, and an opportunity to do an internship during the summer of 2022 in Montpellier as part of their internship program. Seventh and eighth grade winners will receive $ 250, a free family membership to the Knox Museum, and the opportunity to be a young docent at the museum during the summer of 2022. Finalists will receive $ 100, plus the same membership and the same intern / docent opportunities as winners.
For a list of suggested leadership qualities and length, format and submission requirements, interested students should check with their schools or contact the Knox Museum at 207-354-8062.
All essays must be received by March 15, 2022. Double spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins and emailed as a PDF document to [email protected] College essays should be approximately 500 words (two typed pages). High school essays should be approximately 750 words (three typed pages). Winners will be announced by May 1, 2022.