Hello Friends and Knights,
"And now the moment you've all been waiting for..." ;-)
The winners of the third annual Liberty Round Table Essay contest!
In the 19 to 21 age group:
1st place: Nikolina Kulidzan, 18, SLOBODA (Serbian for "Freedom")
2nd place: Rhys J. Southan, 19, THE PRISON OF CHILDHOOD
Honorable Mention: Scott Van Bergen, 21,
A WALL OF SEPARATION: Between Civil Society and State
In the 16 to 18 age group:
1st place: Amber Grunte, 17, UNTITLED
2nd place: Gabe Page, 18, THE SLAVE FACTORY
Honorable Mention: Tessa Somers, 16, THE CHAINS OF HABIT
In the 13 to 15 age group:
1st place: Andy Weiss, 15,
STUDENT SUFFRAGE: Stomping Out the Last Vestiges of American Slavery
2nd place: NOTA
Honorable Mention: Casey Brown, 13, WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME
In the 10 to 12 age group:
1st place: Gillian Farroll, 11, FREEDOM
2nd place: Nolwen Cifuentes, 11, UNTITLED
Honorable Mention: Marc Barcomb, 12, WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME
In the 0 to 9 age group:
1st place: NOTA
2nd place: Rylla Smith, 9, I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WACO
Honorable Mention: Jessica Scheller, UNTITLED
Hobbyt Kudos go to: Ben Hazlewood, for his very well written untitled
satire of the legal boundary between childhood and adulthood.
DLT Kudos go to: Kendra Onstott, Kevin Hennessy, Nathan Jones, Justin
Mallone, Kristina Okonski, Renee Mizar, Drew Bisson, Mike Thompson,
(from Italy) Alberto Mingardi, Kimberly Martin, Ramit Sethi, Lyra D.
Monteiro, Ashli Irwin, Jason G. Mahoney, Greg Newburn, Ryan H. Sager,
Mike Allen, Heather Barnes, Kendra C. Okonski, Kelly Erin Heinz, and
[My chief regret in this issue is that space will not permit
us to print all the "Kudos" entries. My apologies. -- Ed.]
I wish I was a millionaire -- you'd have all won prizes!
Congratulations to the winners!
And we hope those who didn't win this year will try again next year
if they are still eligible. We had few entries in the younger age
groups (hence the unhappy appearance of NOTA, None Of The Above, in
those categories), so the chances for young folks who write essays
that are on-target in the younger categories are excellent. In the
older categories, we had a LARGE number of truly excellent essays.
Almost all of the judges said that picking the winners was hard
because of the number of deserving entries. In order to try to
recognize more of these terrific young writers and thinkers, we've
decided to increase the number of prizes in the contest next year
(see the announcement below).
All the winner's essays are available for your review on the Liberty
Round Table web site (http://www.lrt.org).
Check 'em out!
I thank all the Friends and Knights of the Liberty Round Table that
made this contest possible, and are making next year's contest
possible. I also thank all the authors who entered the contest--just
that effort alone is a kind of Doing Freedom and I commend you for
Great job everybody!
Don L. Tiggre
P.S. PLEASE forward the announcement for the next round of the
contest to as many parents and freedom-lovers as possible! Any lists
or newsgroups you are on, where it would be appropriate, would be
great, as would be reaching caring people in your rolodex. This
contests needs more entries, and more supporters (contributors get to
help judge the essays, which is a lot of fun). Thanks! -- DLT
ANNOUNCING: the 4th annual Liberty Round Table essay contest, on the
FREEDOM topic of your choice!
Prizes: 1st 2nd: 3rd: 4th
$750 $150 $50 $25
best essay from an entrant aged 19 to 21
$500 $100 $40 $20
best essay from an entrant aged 17 to 18
$200 $50 $25 $15
best essay from an entrant aged 14 to 16
$100 $25 $15 $10
best essay from an entrant aged 0 to 13
Honorable Mentions: $5 in each level (younger entrants may compete in
"Hobbit" Kudos (most humorous entry in whole contest): $100
"DLT" Kudos (personal favorites): no cash prize
Deadline for entries: March 1, 2000
Prizes Awarded: May 1, 2000
It is vitally important that young people of all cultures around the
world understand the nature of freedom, individual rights, and
responsibility. Sadly, these critical ideas seem to have fallen out
of fashion in modern public 'education' and few young people anywhere
understand them thoroughly. It is no surprise then that-even though
they may feel an indignation they cannot explain at curfews, dress
codes, mandatory 'volunteerism,' compulsory military service, and a
host of other violations-young people are often the most docile
victims of state aggression.
All of these aggressions against young people make for good essay
topics. Here are some more: should school attendance be compulsory?
What is freedom? What are rights? What is adulthood? When should one
be considered an adult? Should there be an age limit on the right to
keep and bear arms (or on drinking, smoking, driving cars, etc.)?
What is the relationship between freedom and happiness? What is the
relationship between freedom and responsibility? Who is really free,
and; Is it right for schools to suspend children's rights?
This is your chance to stand up for yourself: it's time to pick up
your pen and fight!
For more information on this contest, including complete rules and
the results of our last contest (on defending individual rights),
interested persons should point their World Wide Web browsers at:
http://www.lrt.org and go to the
contest pages. Alternatively, persons with internet access can
e-mail Don L. Tiggre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for more information. Hard-copy
information is available by writing (include 78¢ SASE) to: Don L.
Tiggre, c/o The Liberty Round Table, 1101 Main Street, PMB 104-254,
Evanston, WY 82930
Prometheus Award finalist Y2K: THE MILLENNIUM BUG, a suspenseful
thriller by Don L. Tiggre does "a superb job of conveying the impact
of Y2K to the average non-technical reader," says Ed Yourdon, author
of TIME BOMB 2000. Bob Boardman, author of SAVIOR OF FIRE says: "I
was up all night, tossing and turning, trying to think of the right
words to tell you how great I think your book is." Details at:
And if you really want to DO FREEDOM check out:
http://www.lrt.org, Home of The Freedom City!