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SOURCE The United States Capitol Historical Society
Ridgewood, New Jersey Student Honored for Exemplary Essay
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Capitol Historical Society is pleased to announce that Mr. Seung Ho Lee, an eleventh-grade student at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ has been named one of the winners of the 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Mr. Lee was awarded Third Place in the Senior Division and earned a cash prize of $250.
"The US Capitol Historical Society is pleased to recognize Seung Ho Lee for his exemplary essay," said US Capitol Historical Society President Ron Sarasin. "As with all the winning essays, Seung's essay reflected a deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our representative form of government."
Mr. Lee's award-winning essay, "Civic Virtues of Rights and Responsibilities," reminds us that "with each right we have, we have a corresponding responsibility to protect it."
"Citizenship itself," Seung observes, "is not merely a legal status, but a 'way of life,' requiring the commitment to active participation in public affairs. . . . As far as his rights permit him, the citizen must teach and foster the civic virtue to respect and advance the freedom of the individuals in a sense of communal identity."
In recognizing Mr. Lee's award, Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-5) said, "I commend Seung Ho Lee on his award-winning essay, 'Civic Virtues of Rights and Responsibilities.' It's great to see young Americans like Mr. Lee active and involved in civics. I hope he continues to reflect on the rights and responsibilities he has, and I wish him all the best in his future studies."
The 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest was made possible by a generous grant from Express Scripts. The 2013 contest is the second in the US Capitol Historical Society's Making Democracy Work program that has drawn hundreds of entries from students in grades 6-8 and 9-12.
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) was founded in 1962 and is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol building, its institutions and the people who have served therein. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is a nonpartisan, private, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational 501(c)3 organization.
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