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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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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Glenn Beck and The Nazarene Fund have been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. government's failure to do so. But it's been far from easy. A recent Newsweek article, titled "Taliban Holds Up Glenn Beck Group's Planes," addressed some of the most recent challenges. The article claimed that six planes — filled with Americans and SIVs ready for takeoff — were "grounded by the Taliban amid negotiations with the U.S. State Department." So, what's actually going on? Why is the State Department meddling in the rescue? And what are the next steps to get these Americans home?

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn breaks down the whole story:

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