Scottsdale resident, and award-winning teacher and children’s author, Nancy K. Arnold, took the prize for Constituting America’s Best Senior Essay with her essay responding to Ronald Reagan’s quote, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
Arnold was the only senior (age 65+) winner out of a select group of 20 winners of this year’s “We the Future” national contest which gives prizes and scholarships to students from kindergarten to college to 65+ for creating original songs, short films, public service announcements, speeches, poems, drawings, photos, and essays inspired by the U.S. Constitution, according to a press release.
For 30 years as a school teacher, Ms. Arnold, has shared her love of America and its history with her students.
Now retired, she continues to share this love through the children’s books she writes. Her goals continue to be to excite children about American history, and to help insure that they understand the values upon which our country was founded, the release stated.
Ms. Arnold has written two books, Patriotic Pups and Pioneer Pups, and she is currently working on her third. She has been recognized for all her contributions to children’s books on American history by The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and has been the recipient of their Women in the Arts Award.
Her book, Patriotic Pups, won the Arizona Glyph Award and a Silver Will Rogers Medallion Award.
“I continue to be impressed with the talent and patriotic commitment of our winners like Nancy who have made a lifelong contribution and commitment to our great country,” said actress Janine Turner, in the release.
Ms. Turner founded Constituting America in 2010 and serves as co-chair with Cathy Gillespie, former Chief of Staff to a member of the U.S. House and a past Commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellows.
“Today more than ever, we need to focus on the wisdom of that document which is still the firm foundation upon which our nation stands. The Constitution is both clear and relevant, speaking not only to our freedoms, but our responsibilities as a free society” said Ms. Arnold in the release.
Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of judges, including Micheal Flaherty, short film judge; Nashville Producer Joe Scaife, song judge; and Garland, Texas ISD’s social studies teacher and National Council for the Social Studies Vice President, Terry Cherry, high school essay judge.
Winners in each category are awarded prizes including $1,000 for high school winners, $2,000 for college and graduate school winners, gift cards for younger winners, mentoring trips and national publicity.
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