Once again I was an evaluator for investigative reporter John Stossel's annual essay contest for students ages 13-18.
The 2011-2012 topic: "Politicians Promises Gone Wrong." (Based on this video series.)
Once again the first place winner is a homeschooler. Congratulations to Madeline Peltzer, age 13, of Laveen, Arizona. (Note: Contest evaluators don't know the educational background of the youthful contestants when they agree to read the essays.)
In fact, the top five winners are home scholars, although the contest also attracted private, charter, and public school students. Nearly 4000 essays were submitted this year.