Meet the Students of the 2012 Campaign!

Shashwat Chugh

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

Grade: Senior at JP Stevens High School

2010-2011 Being an American Essay Contest Winner

Future Plans: “I would like to start my own business. I think that one of the important things about going into business is I can help myself and my family while also creating opportunities for others, through jobs.”

What I learned from the Institute: “What about America, then, sets it apart from all other nations in the world? It is the uncommon industry of of its common citizens who sustained American progress and kept our nation afloat in times of crisis.” Read more of Shashwat’s essay today!

Ryan Shymansky

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Grade: Senior at Chestwick High School

2010-2011 Being an American Essay Contest Winner

Future plans: Ryan is considering Georgetown University, Duke University, and Princeton University for college.

What I learned from the Institute: “I always thought that things like personal responsibility and liberty were important, but as I re-read the tenth amendment while doing research for this essay, I realized it is written into the supreme law of our land that responsibility ultimately lies with the individual.” Read Ryan’s winning essay today!

Jaclyn Burge

Hometown: Kingsburg, California

Grade: Senior at Kingsburg High School

2010 Constitutional Academy Alum

Future Plans: Jaclyn continues to lead the pre-law club she founded at Kingsburg High after returning from the Constitutional Academy. Read more about Jaclyn’s experience founding the club and helping her fellow students discover the Constitution!

On Founding Kingsburg’s Pre-Law Club: “It was a win in my mind to be able to share my love of the Constitution with so many students as they begin to think critically about what it means to us today.”