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GettyReady “Learn the Address” - Essay & Video Contest

What is GettyReady?

Getty Ready LogoGettyReady is a Utah-based effort sponsored in part by KBYU Eleven, the Utah Education Network, the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education and many others to encourage learners of all ages to memorize, study and apply the Gettysburg Address on its anniversary and beyond.

As one of the foundational documents of our nation, the Gettysburg Address continues to stand the test of time for its messages of freedom and equality. On November 19, 1863, in 272 words, President Abraham Lincoln spoke for approximately two minutes on a rather controversial subject of that time - the idea that all human beings are created equal. Rule of law and American democracy survived the turbulent Civil War and has overcome 150 years of challenges and conflict since the speech was delivered. The Address deserves recognition as a seminal American text, enriching our schools and communities through a lively, interactive celebration of its anniversary.

GettyReady “Learn the Address” Essay and Video Contest Winners

KBYU Eleven is pleased to announce the winners of the GettyReady “Learn the Address” Essay and Video Contest.

Grand Prize
Madison David
Cache 8-9 Center
“An Emblem of Liberty.”
read Madison’s winning essay

1st Place Junior High School Essay
Mazana Boerboom
Treasure Mountain Junior High School
read Mazana’s winning essay

Honorable Mention Junior High School Essay
Evelyn Labrum
Treasure Mountain Junior High School
read Evelyn’s winning essay

1st Place Junior High School Video
Ishan Chho
Treasure Mountain Junior High School
watch Ishann’s winning video

1st Place High School Essay
Susannah Hofheins
Home School
read Susannah’s winning essay

Honorable Mention High School Essay
Kaili R. Ogden
North Sevier High School
read Kaili’s Evelyn’s winning essay

1st Place High School Video
Marely Lee
Payson High School
watch Marely’s winning video

About the GettyReady “Learn the Address” Essay and Video Contest

KBYU Eleven invited Utah students to enter the GettyReady “Learn the Address” Essay and Video Contest in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The contest was an opportunity for Utah’s seventh through twelfth graders to express how they can live the Gettysburg Address after having learned it. More than 200 Utah students entered the competition. All of the entries were judged based on their own merit with no identification of student or school available to the judges at the time of judging. In addition to cash prizes for each individual winner, the grand prize winner’s school was awarded an assembly featuring American Ride’s Stan Ellsworth and the cast of Studio C.

Funding for the contest was provided by The Address, a documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont where each year the students are encouraged to practice, memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.  In its exploration of the school, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address. Support was also provided by GettyReady.org.

Additional Resources

GettyReady Website: http://gettyready.org/
The Address: http://www.learntheaddress.org/
Winner Press Release: PDF Document

Contact Information:

If you have questions, please email us at gettyready@byu.edu