Homeschooler wins national essay contest

Sounds like a great young woman.

When Rachel Shafer was contemplating the Gettysburg Address, she was most impressed by the power of its brevity.

‘I really admire how Abraham Lincoln put forward such profound ideas in such a simple way,’ she said.

Her personal reflection on the speech, an essay titled Looking Back on a Legacy of Liberty, won first place and $5,000 in the 2004 Idea of America essay contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Rocky Mountain News: Family

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