Republic, 12 News partner with Valley Leadership for essay/video contest on civil-discourse

Republic, Valley Leadership sponsor essay/video contestThe Arizona Republic,, and 12 News are partnering with Valley Leadership to bring young Arizonans into the conversation around the future of Arizona.

The partner organizations are sponsoring an essay and video contest to give students in grades 7-12 a forum to address why differences in political opinion tear people apart instead of uniting them to work toward a solution for the common good.

Students are invited to write a 300-word essay or make a 30-second video to answer:

Our political debate in America is too often filled with anger and disrespect. How can your generation solve this problem?

In their answers, students should feel free to cite real-life examples of working together or developing a respect for people with whom they disagree.


  • Ten finalists will win an iPad 2 and be invited to appear in a television special with 12 News anchors Mark Curtis and Lin Sue Cooney.
  • The Arizona Republic will also publish the winning essays in the paper on January 1. The winning videos will be featured on and in the television special.

The deadline for the essay/video contest is Monday, November 21.

More information on how to submit an essay or video is available on

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