The Harry Wu Project 

High School Writing Competition



Please note that the competition has ended, the following is for archival information only.


sponsored by


in collaboration with

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools


Guidelines 2000

Do you believe there is a moral and ethical obligation for those of us who live in a free society to promote justice and tolerance for all humankind, at home and around the globe?

Using quotes and passages from philosophers, theologians and humanitarians, substantiate your position on the moral and ethical responsibilities that accompany freedom.

Drawing on your own experience or on that of someone you know, detail how one personís humane decisions/actions have impacted another individual or a society in general.

Based on history or literature, discuss the role of "hero" and its potential in the realm of humanity.

WHAT: High School students in the Mecklenburg area are invited to write a 1,500-3,000 word essay that answers the above question and addresses the issue of freedom and the responsibility that must accompany it. Essays should include elements of the three numbered items above and must be original works.

WHO: Public and Private School Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to enter.

WHEN: The submission deadline has passed. Award recipients will be notified by Monday, February 21, 2000. On Wednesday, February 23, 2000 awards will be presented by Mr. Harry Wu at Independence High School. 

AWARDS: Two scholarships for travel to China in April 2000 with Mrs. Anna Wilbanks, CMS teacher will be given, one each to the two top contest winners.

Judging and RULES: All entries will be judged by a panel of professional teachers and writers experienced in the writing of high school students. The Echo Foundation reserves the right to not award a prize if the submissions received do not meet the qualifications for entry. All entries must be typed. No entries may be faxed.

For more information call: 

Anna Wilbanks 

Independence High School 343-6900


Stephanie Ansaldo 

The Echo Foundation 347-3844