America the Beautiful Essay Contest

An interesting opportunity here… With its “America the Beautiful” student essay contest underway, Rand McNally today unveiled details about the once-in-a-lifetime trips to Washington, D.C. that ten finalists and their parent/guardian have the opportunity to win. The ten finalists, whose essays are selected, will be invited to Washington, D.C. for an exclusive WorldStrides DiscoverNow! program. Finalists will spend three days and two nights exploring the nation’s capital with the guidance of a WorldStrides-certified Course Leader. Highlights of the experience will include:

  • Witnessing the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns;
  • Reciting Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial;
  • Seeing the government in action through a visit to the U.S. Capitol Building; and
  • Attending an official ceremony at the Air Force Memorial where two Grand Prize winners of the contest will be announced.

America the Beautiful” is open to 7th through 12th graders and its details can be found on a dedicated micro site at – Enter Contest by 5/14/12. For Official Rules and prize descriptions, visit