Pawling Library to Hold American Essay Contest

Inspired by the PBS documentary American Creed, this writing contest and presentation asks young writers to examine the question, “Who gets to be counted as ‘American’ and why?”

The contest is open to students at Pawling High School as well as homeschooled students of high school age, who are encouraged to view the film at for inspiration.

All participants will have the opportunity to read their essays at a program to be held at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association, with a discussion led by Dr. Robin Lester, author and former headmaster of the Trinity School in New York City. The juror will be Thomas Walogorsky, editor of The Pawling Record.

A $100.00 cash prize will be awarded for First Place. A cash prize of $50.00 will be awarded for Second Place. The Third Place winner will receive $25.00.

The deadline for submitting essays is March 23, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Essays must be emailed to the Pawling Library at In the subject heading of the email please write: American Essay Contest. Be sure to enter your name in full and your grade. Essays may be up to 500 words. Winners will be notified on Sunday, April 13.

Readings, discussion, and awards will take place at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association on Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm. The HWLCA is located at 239 Route 292 in Holmes, NY.

All winning essays will be published in The Pawling Record.

Have a voice in your community. Let your words be read and heard. Please join the Pawling Free Library American Creed Project by participating in this program.