SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2021 - AWARDS CEREMONY
This year is the 20th anniversary of the American Heritage Scholarship Program, a partnership between The Modesto Bee, Stanislaus County Office of Education, and Modesto City Schools. The program includes a public lecture and an essay competition for Stanislaus County High School juniors and seniors. Students from public, private, and charter schools are encouraged to apply.
2021 American Heritage Lecture Video
Essay Contest Registration
Step 1: Please click on Registration link: REGISTER HERE to enter the competition
Step 2: Complete Cover Sheet (under Related Links Tab) Student & Parent/Guardian MUST sign Consent Section of Cover Sheet
Step 3: The Essay Cover Sheet MUST be paper clipped to the top of the essay. (Please DO NOT staple)
Step 4: Entries may be delivered by U.S. mail or hand-delivered to:
Stanislaus County Office of Education
Superintendent's Office, 2nd Floor
1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Entries must be delivered no later than 5:00 PM on October 4, 2021. U.S. mailed entries to the County Office must be postmarked by October 4, 2021.
If you have questions, please call Lisa Avila at (209) 238-1706.
American Heritage Committee Members
- William Broderick-Villa: Attorney-at-Law at Broderick Legal Group
- Lisa Avila, Cheryl Goulart, Kathy Hobby, Jason Maggard & Christine Sisco at the Stanislaus County Office of Education
- Garth Stapley: Opinions Editor at The Modesto Bee
- Janeen Zambo: 9th -12th Social Science Coordinator at Modesto City Schools
Live Filming and Video Editing
Downey High School AV Students, led by Rene Guevara
Essay Contest Rules available online & emailed to all Public, Charter, Private high schools and Homeschool
Lecture Presentation - Available for viewing at: www.stancoe.org/go/americanheritage
ESSAYS DUE to the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Superintendent's Office
Awards Ceremony - 6:30 PM (Winners will receive an invitation)
Petersen Event Center, 720 12th Street, Modesto
(Subject to change)
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 program is intended to encourage teens, and the public, to think about what makes the United States unique in the world, with a focus on the Constitution. Previous lectures have looked at the Patriot Act, the First Amendment, the separation of church and state, and the role of political parties.