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November 18, 2005
National Guard's 2006 Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous Essay Contest
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Guard Bureau announces a unique opportunity for the youth of America. Students who will be high school juniors or seniors by August 2006 are eligible to participate in the National Guard's Youth Rendezvous essay contest. Ten students from each state and territory will be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and earn an all-expenses-paid trip to North Dakota August 13-18, 2006.
 
"Throughout its involvement in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration, the National Guard has emphasized the educational applications of this extraordinary American adventure. To culminate its involvement in the Bicentennial, the National Guard is sponsoring this Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous. By way of an essay contest, our nation's high school junior and seniors will be afforded the opportunity to compete for one of the 540 spots in this immersion into history. The Lewis and Clark Expedition will come alive through a week-long series of events and activities in the Bismarck, North Dakota area," said Steven L. Stearns, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration project officer.
 
Students need to write a Lewis and Clark focused-essay in order to be a state finalist. Through multiple activities and events, selected students will follow the Lewis and Clark trail, experience American Indian culture of yesterday and discover military history firsthand.
 
The Lewis and Clark-focused essay needs to address the following question:
 
 "In your opinion, what military value most describes the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery journey and why?" (Military values are outlined on the website below.) The essay must be a minimum of 1,000 words, but not more than 1,500 words; and can be submitted online or by mail and must be received between Nov. 12, 2005, and midnight Feb. 28, 2006.
 
Students will be immersed in the experience by walking in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Through multiple activities and events, selected students will follow the Lewis and Clark trail, experience American Indian culture of yesterday and discover military history firsthand.
 
The hands-on activities and events will take place throughout western North Dakota. The adventure will showcase daily activities of the original Lewis and Clark expedition that will create a unique educational opportunity. To submit an essay or learn more about planned events, activities and essay contest rules, go to www.lcyouthrendezvous.com.
 
 
 
Contact:
 
 
DAVINA R. FRENCH
National Project Officer
Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous
Phone: (701) 333-2266 or Cell (701) 226-1777
 
BILLIE JO LORIUS
Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous
Marketing and Public Relations Specialist
Phone: (701) 333-2191 or Cell (701) 400-9640
 
ROB KELLER
Public Information Officer, North Dakota National Guard
Host State Public Information Officer
Phone: (701) 333-2006 or Cell (701) 426-0190
 
STEVEN L. STEARNS
Project Officer, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration
NGB Point of Contact
Phone: (703) 607-9310 or Cell (202) 374-7180