Glenn Launches Essay Writing Contest: High School Students Could Receive up to $5,000

You know them as presidents, heroes, inventors and American icons. But before they were famous, who were people like Abraham Lincoln, Orson Welles and Albert Einstein? They started as ordinary people --- farmers, artists, soldiers and teachers. Unfortunately, the stories of their lives before rising to greatness are seldom told.

Who better to tell these stories than young American students, willing to explore and share their untold beginnings, and show their relevance today?

Glenn has teamed up with Mercury One to hold a series of contests for high school students to compete for the best essays on such topics. Winners will receive scholarships (up to $5,000 each), plus other prizes, including a tour of Glenn's studio and the Mercury One museum.

How to Join the Contest

The contest is open to high school students in public, private, charter schools and home school groups. History teachers with students in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to nominate their classes to participate. To nominate a class, teachers should email historycontest@glennbeck.com with “NOMINATION” in the subject line and a detailed explanation about why they would like their class to be considered. If a class is approved, participation instructions are provided to the teacher via email.

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How to Help Raise Scholarship Funds

Scholarship funds will be raised through the sale of themed t-shirts for each contest. Those who wish to help these exceptional students receive the largest scholarship possible are encouraged to buy one of these t-shirts. For every t-shirt sold, 30% of the revenue will be donated to Mercury One’s “education fund” to support the students.

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Contest Themes for 2017

Below are the names of the famous Americans chosen for 2017's "Before They Were Famous" Essay Writing Contest:

• George Washington: Farmer

• Martin Luther King Jr.: Reverend

• Davy Crockett: Hunter

• Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer

• Ronald Reagan: Actor

• Lewis and William Clark: Soldiers

• Thomas Jefferson: Scholar

• Wright Brothers: Merchants

• Paul Revere: Apprentice

• Orson Welles: Artist

• Sitting Bull: Healer

• Albert Einstein: Teacher

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The Winner

Student winners of the "Before They Were Famous" Essay Writing Contest will receive the following:

• The winning student’s essay published on GlennBeck.com under his/her own byline.

• Mercury One, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will award the winner with a scholarship from its “Education Fund” to be used to further the student’s education.

• Mercury One will host the winner to a mini-museum experience and studio tour in Irving, Texas. Airfare and lodging for the winner and a guardian will be provided.

• A commemorative t-shirt featuring the historical figure explored in the essay.

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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On Friday, Mercury One hosted the 2022 ProFamily Legislators Conference at The American Journey Experience. Glenn Beck shared this wisdom with legislators from all across our nation. We must be on God’s side.

Winston Marshall assumed that he would be playing banjo with Mumford & Sons well into his 60s, but one tweet — simply recommending Andy Ngo's book — was all it took for the woke mob to attack. At first, Winston apologized, saying he "was certainly open to not understanding the full picture." But after doing some research, not to mention a whole lot of soul-searching, his conscience "really started to bother" him.

On the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Winston opened up about the entire scandal, what he discovered in the wake of his cancellation, and why he's decided to put truth over career.

"I looked deeper and deeper into the topic, and I realized I hadn't been wrong [when] I'd called the author brave," Winston said of Ngo. "Not only was he brave, he'd been attacked by Antifa mobs in Oregon, and he was then attacked again ... he's unquestionably brave. And so my conscience really started to bother me ... I felt like I was in some way excusing the behavior of Antifa by apologizing for criticizing it. Which then made me feel, well, then I'm as bad as the problem because I'm sort of agreeing that it doesn't exist," he added.

"Another point, by the way, that I found it very frustrating, was that that left-wing media in this country and in my country don't even talk about [Antifa]. We can all see this footage. We see it online," Winston continued. "But they don't talk about it, and that's part of my, I think, interest initially in tweeting about Andy's book. Because I think people need to see what's going on, and it's a blind spot there. ... CNN and MSNBC, they don't cover it. Biden in his presidential election said it was just 'an idea' that didn't exist. I mean, did he not see the courthouse in Oregon being burnt down?"

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FBI whistleblower Steve Friend exposed the FBI for its handling of the investigation into the January 6 riot — and paid the price. Friend joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to describe the series of events that eventually led him not only to leave the FBI, but to speak out against potential abuses within the department as well. The crux of his story began with cases concerning the January 6, 2021, riot and one arrest warrant that he refused to take part in.


Friend also joined Glenn on his "Targets of Tyranny" special to explain why he believed the January 6 cases were run by Washington, D.C., and how the agency's handling of the "J6" investigations has been so "unusual" that he says he's "never" seen anything even close to this before.

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