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Opportunity for a Greenburgh student to win $3,000 by writing a winning essay against gun violence
Release Date: March 31, 2019

Last year a number of Greenburgh/ river village High School students participated and organized rallies against gun violence. They did an amazing job of highlighting their views and encouraging common sense gun safety laws. At the bottom of this post I shared a post that I wrote about last years rally in Ardsley. 


Late Friday night I received this e mail from Bill Durston, MD who heads up the Americans Against Gun Violence. He asked me to encourage Greenburgh students to participate in their national high school essay contest. A Greenburgh student  who winscould receive $3,000. There are other financial prizes that will be given out. Because I just found out about the competition late Friday there is not much time- all essays must be submitted by April 14..But we have some very bright students who I think could write winning essays in that short time. Info on the contest can be found on: https://aagunv.org/2019-high-school-essay-contest-is-now-open-with-15000-in-total-awards-to-12-winners/. The winner must submit an original essay of 500 words or less describing their thoughts on Justice Blackman's statement: The Second Amendment guarantees no right to keep and bear a firearm that does not have some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia." This was taken from the majority opinion of the 1980 case of Lewis V United States. This essay contest is an opportunity for students to continue their involvement in an important cause.   Please share info about this competition with other high school students.

PAUL FEINER Greenburgh Town Supervisor





I've been working on our national high school essay contest lately and it occurred to me that I should have sent you the announcement about the contest in case Greenburgh students might be interested in entering it. A contest flyer is attached. Full details and the online entry form are available on the Americans Against Gun Violence website. We'll be giving out a total of $15,000 to the 12 contest winners. The deadline for students to enter is coming up soon, though - at the end of the day on Sunday, April 14.
I'd appreciate any help you could provide in making Greenburgh HS students aware of the contest.
Bill Durston, MD
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    2019 High School Essay Contest is Now Open with $15,000 in Total Awards

    Americans Against Gun Violence is pleased to announce that our 2019 High School Essay Contest is now open to high school students in the United States and its territories. The prompt for this year's contest is the following statement written by Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun in the majority opinion in the 1980 case of Lewis v. United States:

    The Second Amendment guarantees no right to keep and bear a firearm that does not have "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia."

    To enter the contest, students must submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about Justice Blackmun's statement. The deadline to submit essays is April 14, 2019. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to twelve contest winners, with $3,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $2,000 for third place. The fourth through tenth place winners will receive $1,000 each, and the eleventh and twelfth place winners will receive $250 each.

    Click on the following links for full contest details, a downloadable contest flyer, and for the online entry form and related signature form:


    The following is a summary of a post from the Greenburgh town website last year.


HUNDREDS ATTEND MARCH AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE Opportunities listed below for students to prepare and gain more experience before running for office and becoming tomorrow's leaders!

Today's amazing student organized march against gun violence was very inspiring. The event highlighted the admirable strength and character of a growing movement of young people who are too young to vote but old enough to stand up for the rights of their fellow students. The entire community should be proud of every student who attended today's rally in Ardsley, the rally in White Plains, NYC and Washington DC-- or one of the 800+ rallies held around the nation. Two photo's attached from the Ardsley rally which was attended by a few hundred local residents.

Among the speakers and organizers: Manal Sayyed, Rachel Brooke Kaufman, and Seeret Singh. 8th grade speakers included Zafir Sayyed, Hannah Whitehead, Julia Edelstein, and Sofia Caceres. Other students who deserve recognition but didn’t speak were our “grade reps” who helped us spread word to the students: Ruthie Kaufman (10th grade), Sammie Feldbaum (11), Gabe Gerstel (11), Zarina Nabi (11), Leelu Ravi (12), Yillin Yang (12), Jacob Wise (12). The student speakers were eloquent, spoke from the heart. They all have great futures ahead.






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