Stossel in the Classroom: 2013 Essay Contest

For the third year in a row, I served as an essay reader/evaluator for John Stossel's (the investigative reporter) contest.

And for the 2012-13 school year, students, ages 13-18, were asked to write a 500-1000 word essay on the following topic:

In John Stossel's TV special and book of the same name, "No They Can't," Stossel makes the case that free people and free markets do a better job of solving problems than government. Do you think he's right? Why or why not?
The contest winners have now been announced.
First place went to Noelle Rutland, 17, who attends a public school in St. Petersburg, FL.
Second place was awarded to Chelsea Martinez, 16, who attends a private, Christian school in San Lorenzo, California.
Third place went to Madeline Peltzer, 14, a homeschooler from Arizona. Her essay on  'education monopolies' is quite the read!*

Congratulations to the winners, finalists, honorable mentions, and teachers.

Update: Stossel in the Classroom offers a free DVD - Good Intentions Gone Wrong - to educators.

*My way of complimenting the writer's intelligence.