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A Classical Figure as President of the United States

Curriculum Snapshot

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Scot Allen

Students in Latin III are participating in the 2017 Bernice L. Fox Writing Contest, which is sponsored by the Department of Classics at Monmouth College. The writing prompt for 2017 asks students to "Make a pitch for a classical figure as president, or depict that person acting as president or on the campaign trail."

Latin students are able to relate their knowledge of classical history, literature and mythology to current events. In preparation for the task, the Latin III class participated in a co-constructive activity, which was designed to help students identify the characteristics of a good president, and the important issues, which a current president will have to solve. The essays will be reviewed and edited by fellow students in the class. The class will then select the top ten essays, which will be sent to the Department of Classics at Monmouth College. Essays will be judged on their ability to "make appropriate references to events from classical sources and to contemporary circumstances."

This is a national contest open to high school students. An award of $250 will be given to the author of the best entry. All essays must be submitted by the Ides of March.