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Philip L. Carret Thomas Jefferson Essay Competition

This is a guide to the Philip L. Carret Thomas Jefferson Essay Competition. The essay competition was endowed in 1997 and was designed to have students reflect on the principles and ideals in Thomas Jefferson's life and career.

1997 Carret Essay Prompt

Reflecting on the ideals and principles embodied in the life and career of Thomas Jefferson, discuss how Jefferson would perceive contemporary American society as a fulfillment of his vision for the infant republic.

1997 Essay Winners

Name Award Title of Essay
Joe Mattern First Place "Individual Liberty as a Fufillment of Jefferson's Vision of America"
Melissa Pace Second Place "Partial Fufillment: The Vision of Thomas Jefferson"
Tiffany Scobey Third Place "Jefferson's Republic: The Current Story"