To celebrate President Thomas Jefferson’s 275th birthday and the city’s namesake, Jefferson City officials and schools are hosting an essay and multimedia presentation contest.
Jefferson City middle school and high school students can submit essays and multimedia presentations answering the question, “Why Thomas Jefferson should matter today?”
Essays and multimedia presentations are due April 13. Entries can be submitted to Mayor Carrie Tergin at 320 E. McCarty St. or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judges will select four winning essays and multimedia presentations — two from high school and two from middle school. The winners will win $275 each and a bust of Thomas Jefferson.
The winning essays and multimedia presentations will be presented April 30 at Avenue HQ, 621 E. Capitol Ave., for Thomas Jefferson Day. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the celebration to begin at 6:30 p.m. Ward 2 Jefferson City Councilman Rick Mihalevich, who spearheaded the celebration, said there will be some surprises that night, such as a Thomas Jefferson impersonator.
The essays must be 750-1,000 words long, typed and double-spaced. Multimedia presentations should be either a three- to five-minute PowerPoint or YouTube video and must stand alone without the author. Entries must have appropriate references, citations or bibliography, along with a title page that has the student’s name, school, address, phone number, and parents’ or guardians’ emails.
Sponsors of the essay contest and celebration include News Tribune, Jefferson City, Missouri, Jefferson Bank of Missouri, Historic City of Jefferson, Jefferson City Cultural Arts Commission and Schulte's Fresh Foods.