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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED (WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 12, 2018).

WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY by entering our Essay Contest!

Teachers, help your students earn great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom's 2017-2018 essay contest, for students aged 12-18! We have prizes for teachers, too! The teacher submitting the top essay also wins the trip to New York!

Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student essays on our website between now and the February 16th deadline. Simply have your students view the segment on this page, and write a 500-1000 word essay to submit to our contest.

Natural disasters often bring people together, as they undertake rescue operations and work to rebuild their communities. People outside the affected communities usually offer additional support. But what about those that see a disaster as a way to make money? Watch John Stossel's video about "price gouging" and write a 500-1000 word essay, arguing for or against laws that prohibit price “gouging" during an emergency. How do such laws affect disaster victims? How do they change the incentives of potential suppliers?

See complete rules and submission information for more details.

Other Entries

Video/Multimedia Essays

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From England to America (play video)
Christine Parker
Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, NC
Sponsoring Station: UNC-TV, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The Journey of Doug Arevalo (play video)
Alan Roberts
Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, NC
Sponsoring Station: UNC-TV, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Written Essays

Who is an American?
Ben A.
Meigs Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Sponsoring Station: WNPT, Nashville, TN

Who Am I?
Javier B.
Montgomery High School, Silver Spring, MD
Sponsoring Station: WETA, Washington D.C.

Thanksgiving
Carriga C.
Hume Fogg High School, Nashville, TN
Sponsoring Station: WNPT, Nashville, TN

America, My Home
Feng C.
Brighton High School, Rochester, NY
Sponsoring Station: WXXI, Rochester, New York

America, My Home
Salina Islam
LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY
Sponsoring Station: Thirteen/WNET, New York

American Success - Kim's Story
Eric Jones and Melissa Karnes
Rend Lake College, Ina, IL
Sponsoring Station: WSIU, Carbondale, IL

Korea to America
Seyean M.
Foothill Middle School, Walnut Creek, CA
Sponsoring Station: KQED, San Francisco

My Journey Home
Brian M.
Washington Lee High School, Arlington, VA
Sponsoring Station: WETA, Washington D.C.

My Journey Home
Christina N.
Meigs Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Sponsoring Station: WNPT, Nashville, TN

My Blessing, The USA
Haidy N.
Antioch High School, Nashville, TN
Sponsoring Station: WNPT, Nashville, TN

An Illegal Alien
Tamara
Larkin Street Youth Services / San Francicso Community College
Sponsoring Station: KQED, San Francisco

My Journey Home
Guiselle R.
Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA
Sponsoring Station: WETA, Washington D.C.

America, My Home
Shun Li
Brighton High School, Rochester, NY
Sponsoring Station: WXXI, Rochester, NY

Brazil
Edson So
Newcomer High School, San Francisco
Sponsoring Station: KQED, San Francisco

America, My Home
Antonio Suarez
Southwest Miami Senior High School, Miami, FL
Sponsoring Station: WLRN, Miami, FL

America
John W.
Foothill Middle School, Walnut Creek, CA
Sponsoring Station: KQED, San Francisco

America, My Home
Xui Hua Li
Brighton High School
Rochester, New York
Sponsoring Station: WXXI, Rochester, New York

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