2016 American Heritage Scholarship Program
Above is the top award winner (2016): Daniyel Wiggins from Whitmore Charter High ($1,500), Taryn Lane from Oakdale High ($2,000), Jessica Doxey from Gregori High ($1,500)
This was the 15th year of the American Heritage Scholarship
Program, which includes a public lecture and an essay competition for Stanislaus County juniors and seniors.
Overview of Past Winners & Prompts
The American Heritage Scholarship Program seeks to increase our
understanding of what it means to be an American. Unlike other
nations, the essence of American nationality has little to do with our
country of origin or the specifics of our religious faith. While
the American spirit embraces such diversity, what unites us as a people
is a shared set of principles and ideals which proclaim our freedoms and
set forth our responsibilities.
This year's essay prompt was:
Recently, propositions to decriminalize, or legalize, the recreational use of marijuana have been introduced at the federal, state and local levels of government. The movement has been met with oppositional efforts by State and local municipalities, particularly enforcement officials, who wish to maintain marijuana’s status as a prohibited substance. Although these groups may hold opposing viewpoints (even amongst themselves), voters, interest groups, elected officials and government agencies have a vested interest in this potentially volatile initiative.
Who in our system of government should have the power to decide on the legality of the recreational use of marijuana?
The presentation occured on: September 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beyer High School Theater, located at 1717 Sylvan Ave., Modesto 95355.
The video of the September 27th lecture featuring guest speakers, Jeff Darnell, John Lee, and Ruben Villalobos was available via live stream and is now archived for viewing above. To view this presentation on September 27th or a later date, please click on the link above.
Rules and applications for the essay contest were sent to high schools in the county and are also available online. All juniors and seniors including public, private, and home-schooled students were encouraged to enter.
More information is available from the Stanislaus County Office of Education, 238-1706, a lead sponsor of the event. Modesto City Schools and The
Modesto Bee also are sponsors, with scholarship funding provided by local businesses, organizations and individuals.
Jack and Pam Able
The American Heritage Awards Ceremony occured on November 17, at 7:00 pm at the Stanislaus County Office of Education Board Room at 1100 H Street in Modesto.
195 students from 13 high schools entered the American Heritage Essay competition this year. Nineteen student essays were selected to receive scholarships by a panel of judges that consisted of educators, community members, and Superior Court Judges. The list of scholarship winners are below:
The lecture video is available in Windows Media Format for Mac/ PC.