Sunday, May 26, 2024


TEAM Westport Essay Contest Opens

TEAM Westport, the acronym of which stands for “Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism,” today announced its second annual essay contest, the thesis of which underscores the group’s mission.

The contest is being co-sponsored with the Westport Library.

Open to ninth through twelfth graders from Staples High School, Greens Farms Academy or students who attend high school out of town, this year’s essay prompt places the welcoming theme directly on each student’s lap.

“The topic for this second essay contest is based on the reality that the school cafeteria is often a setting in which students self-segregate,” states the TEAM Westport announcement.

“Please reflect on the barriers that prevent students from reaching out to others who are different from themselves, particularly those who are of a different race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation,” it continues.

Contest guidelines ask students to respond in 1,000 words or less to describe those barriers and to identify specific steps “you and other students in your high school can take to help students break down those barriers, especially in the cafeteria. Indicate what you believe are the risks and benefits of making that effort.”

Applications for the contest are now available on the TEAM Westport website.  Essays are due Feb. 27, and winners will be announced at a Westport Library ceremony on April 6.

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