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Topic for 2017

A Figure from Classical History, Literature, or Mythology as the Next President of the United States
Make a pitch for a classical figure as president, or depict that person acting as president or on the campaign trail.

The entry should make frequent, specific, accurate, and appropriate references to Greek mythology and to modern events. Papers will be judged on historical accuracy, appropriate use of ancient sources, originality, quality of material, thematic development, appropriateness, correctness of English style, and effectiveness of presentation.

Contest Guidelines
Entries must be typed, double-spaced, on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, on one side only. The entry must fit the theme of this year's contest. No minimum or maximum length is required. The entrant's name and school must not appear on the entry. Contestants should place a personal identification code (either their Social Security Number or a randomly selected nine character series) on the top left-hand corner of every page of the entry and on a separate 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper which also contains the following information: author's name, date of birth, the student's personal identification code, school name, school address, teacher's name, and school phone number. No more than ten entries will be accepted from any individual school and only one entry per student. No electronic submissions will be accepted. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in disqualification. Every  entrant will receive a certificate of participation from Monmouth College. All entries must be postmarked no later than March 15th and mailed to Dr. Robert Simmons, Department of Classics, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois 61462.  For further information, including a list of previous winners, please e-mail: All entries become the property of Monmouth College. The winner will be announced on or about April 15th  on the contest website.

About the Contest
This contest is open to any student enrolled full-time in high school during current school year. An award of $250.00 will be given to the author of the best entry written in English on a specified theme. The entry may be an essay, a short story, a play, a poem, or any original literary work. This contest was established in 1985 by the Department of Classics at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, to honor Bernice L. Fox, to promote the study of Latin and the Classics in high schools, and to recognize the good work of high school students.

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About Bernice L. Fox
Bernice L. Fox taught courses in English, Latin and Greek at Monmouth College from 1947 to 1981, and served as chair of the Department of Classics from 1970 till her retirement in 1981. Throughout her long and dynamic career she worked tirelessly to promote the Classics in Illinois high schools and colleges. She is also the author of Tela Charlottae, the Latin translation of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. In 1991 Monmouth College conferred on her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. She died in 2003 at the age of 92.

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