Houston Teen Takes Second in NCPA’s Young Patriot Essay Contest
February 05, 2015
Emily Nguyen, of Houston, Texas, placed second in the National Center for Policy Analysis’s Young Patriot Essay Contest with her essay on the relationship between individual freedom and social and economic prosperity.
Nguyen, a senior this year at Alief Kerr High School, was one of hundreds of applicants to the Young Patriot Essay Contest, a joint effort between the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and Debate Central designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively solve problems in the realm of economics and public policy through the art of writing. She took second place and was awarded a $3,000 scholarship for her superb writing skills.
“When we examine how technology has reinvented how and who can participate in the market, we see that social and economic prosperity are not mutually exclusive anymore,” says Nguyen in her essay. “Technology has made it possible for individual freedom to share a harmonious, mutually beneficial relationship with social and economic prosperity.”
“Emily’s essay demonstrated remarkable critical thinking skills and was a true pleasure to read,” said NCPA Director of Youth Programs Rachel Stevens. “All of us here at the NCPA are thrilled to provide a scholarship to help this excellent young woman achieve her future goals.”
Nguyen’s essay, entitled “A Revised American Dream: Social and Economic Prosperity,” will be published at Debate Central and the NCPA’s websites.
The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. We bring together the best and brightest minds to tackle the country's most difficult public policy problems — in health care, taxes, retirement, education, energy and the environment. Visit our website today for more information.