The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) announced the winners of this year’s high school essay contest, “Freedom in Academia”, on December 15, 2009. The first place winner was Nathaniel Cornelius.

More than 2,700 students competed in this contest, which awarded scholarships to the first and second place winners. Mr. Cornelius won a $5,000 scholarship.

FIRE sent out invitations in August 2009 to over 11,000 high school across the country. Their website stated the following about the contest: “Students were asked to watch two documentaries on FIRE cases, FIRE in Action: Valdosta State University and Think What We Think… Or Else: Thought Control on the American Campus, and write essays of 700-1,200 words explaining how the universities in the videos abrogated the constitutional rights of their students and betrayed the true purpose of a university.”

Nathaniel’s winning essay was titled “Educational Institutions or Reeducation Camps?”. His article can be read in its entirety, along with the other winners’ essays at the FIRE website. (Link given below)

This is just another example of how homeschool students compare to their public and private school counterparts and peers.

To read the entire article and the essays, please visit the FIRE website at:

Congratulations to Nathaniel for such an accomplishment.

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Written by: Susan Harris News Editor

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