Dna Day Essay 2014 Calendar

Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest (Cash Prizes).

Deadline May 1, 2018

Ayn Rand Institute Anthem Essay Contest:

Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes

ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000.

To stay informed about contest deadlines and other student updates, register here. Questions? Write to us at essay@aynrand.org.


Eligibility for Anthem: 8th, 9th, and 10th Grade students

Deadline May 1, 2018


1st place $2,000 (1 Winner)

2nd Place $500 (3 Winners)

3rd Place $200 (10 Winners)

Finalists $50 (45 Winners)

SEMIFINALISTS $30 (175 Winners)


  • Anthem depicts a world of the future, a collectivist dictatorship in which even the word “I” has vanished. Discuss the hero’s struggle to free himself from collectivism. What makes his victory possible? In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in the excerpt titled “The Soul of an Individualist” from her novel The Fountainhead.

  • In Anthem, the City has numerous rules and controls. Why do these exist? What is their purpose? Do you think the society that Equality envisions creating at the end of the story would include any of these rules and controls? Explain why or why not.

  • Contrast Equality’s view of morality at the end of the novel to the morality exemplified by his society’s institutions, practices and officials. In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in these excerpts from her writings.



















Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem.


  • No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only.
  • Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade at the time of the current contest deadline. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.
  • To avoid disqualification, mailed-in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
    1. your name and address;
    2. your email address (if available);
    3. the name and address of your school;
    4. topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the “Topics” tab);
    5. your current grade level; and
    6. (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  • Essay must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.
  • One entry per student per contest.
  • Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by May 1, 2018, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.
  • The Ayn Rand Institute has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Ayn Rand Institute for any claim, demand, judgment or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Ayn Rand Institute and will not be returned.
  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by August 3, 2018.
  • Winners are responsible for providing their mailing addresses and other necessary information under the law in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Ayn Rand Institute to post their names on any of ARI’s affiliated websites. The first-place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

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NOVELIST About Ayn Rand

Howard Roark. John Galt. Dagny Taggart. Hank Rearden. The heroes of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are famous because they're unique. Rand's stories, full of drama and intrigue, portray businessmen, inventors, architects, workers and scientists as noble, passionate figures. Where else will you find an inventor who must rediscover the word “I,” a young woman who defies a nation embracing communism, or an industrialist who must disguise himself as a playboy? A philosopher-pirate? An architect who is fiercely selfish yet enormously benevolent? A man who vows to stop the motor of the world — and does?

In creating her novels, Rand sought to make real her exalted view of man and of life — “like a beacon,” she wrote, “raised over the dark crossroads of the world, saying ‘This is possible.’” For millions of readers, the experience of entering Rand's universe proves unforgettable.

To submit your essay http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.org/Anthem.aspx




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    175 Winners


Other than endorsing perfect punctuation and grammar in English, the Ayn Rand Institute offers no advice or feedback on contest essays.

The following links are recommended to improve your essay content:


This year ASHG received submissions from students in 39 states and 20 foreign countries, including Turkey, Portugal, Australia, and Nigeria. Asking students to investigate the genetic and environmental components of a complex trait engaged them in deeper thinking about heritability and other influences on human trait development. Many thoughtful and well-written essays were submitted. We would also like to thank the more than 530 genetics experts from the ASHG membership who participated in judging the essays.


Congratulations to the 2014 winners and thank you all for participating.  Happy DNA Day!



2014 Essay Question


Complex traits, such as blood pressure, height, cardiovascular disease, or autism, are the combined result of multiple genes and the environment.  For ONE complex human trait of your choosing, identify and explain the contributions of at least one genetic factor AND one environmental factor.  How does this interplay lead to a phenotype?  Keep in mind that the environment may include nutrition, psychological elements, and other non-genetic factors.  If the molecular or biological basis of the interaction between  the genetic and environmental factors is known, be sure to discuss it.  If not, discuss the gaps in our knowledge of how those factors influence your chosen trait. 



2014 Contest Winners:

Click names below to view essay excerpts.



Rachel Gleyzer


Grade 10 ($1,000)



Carol Zepatos


Bergen County Academies

Hackensack, NJ




Adesuwa Ero


Grade 12 ($600)



Susan Wall

Ashbury College

Ottawa, Canada



Cameron Springer


Grade 12 ($400)



Carol Stapanowich


Bishop Sullivan Catholic

High School

Virginia Beach, VA



Arwa Abdelhamid
Staten Island Technical High School
Staten Island, NY
Teacher: John Davis


Samantha Burns
Lely High School

Naples, FL
Teacher: Bryan Wallace


Vivien Chen
Richard Montgomery High School

Rockville, MD
Teacher: Helen Ghent-Paolucci

Hussein Elghazaly
El Alsson British International School

Haraniya, Giza, Egypt
Teacher: Wendy Spence

Lucas Lin
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA
Teacher: Laura Locklear


Sangho Myung
Montgomery Blair High School

Silver Spring, MD
Teacher: Darcy Sloe

Rosie (Alexandra) Nagele
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Philadelphia, PA
Teacher: Scott Stein


Allison Rerick
Staten Island Technical High School

Staten Island, NY
Teacher: John Davis


Karl Tayeb
Bergen County Academies

Hackensack, NJ
Teacher: Judith Pinto

Eytan Weinstein
Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim
Jerusalem, Israel
Teacher: Meira Yan


View States & Countries Represented in a full screen map


About the Contest

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important ideas and issues related to human genetics. Competitive essays are expected to convey substantive, well-reasoned, and evidence-based arguments that demonstrate deep understanding.

Essays are evaluated through three rounds of judging, and every essay is read by a minimum of three judges. Top-scoring essays have typically been scored by a dozen or more judges.


Questions/Comments: Contact dnaday@ashg.org


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