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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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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