One question Mamaroneck High School students participating in this year’s Richard M. Kemper Memorial Essay Contest may address has to do with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedom Speech. Another has to do with human rights organizations. The third has to do with how we honor our veterans.
The contest, established ten years ago in memory of Richard Kemper and 90 other former Mamaroneck High School students who were killed in World War II and whose names are on a monument in Richard Kemper Memorial Park just outside the high school, seeks to motivate students to think about how to create a just and peaceful world where human rights violations no longer take place.
All students at Mamaroneck High School are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline for essays this year is April 21. The specific questions students are being asked to address and more information about the contest may be obtained from Mary Cronin or Adam Sobel in the MHS history department. The winning essays will be read in an award ceremony in Richard Kemper Park before the Memorial Day weekend.
The goal of the tax exempt non-profit Richard Kemper Foundation for Promoting Human Rights Education which sponsors the contest is to promote human rights education by sponsoring activities designed to bring human rights issues into the public school curriculum where they may be addressed in an interdisciplinary manner by students and teachers. These activities are consistent with the New York State Department of Education’s mission of preparing students to “analyze the disparities between civic values expressed in the United States’ Constitution and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the realities as evidenced in the political, social and economic life in the United States and throughout the world.”
Since the essay contest was established ten years ago, 17 students have won cash prizes of $250 each for writing winning essays. This year a plaque with the names of the winner of the contest will be placed in a prominent place in the high school.
More information about the Richard Kemper Foundation for promoting human rights education including how to become a member of its board and/or contribute to its mission may be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Cantor’s grandparents established the Kemper Memorial in honor of their son, Richard Kemper.