The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming have announced that the winners of the 'American Dream' Essay Contest will be announced at the state competition, taking place on April 10, 2022 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper.

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The competition will be held at 12:00 p.m.

"Wyoming students wrote essays about how their lives have been shaped by a personal code of ethics as part of the American Dream Essay Contest," a release from the Boys & Girls Clubs stated. "Now, first place winners from schools throughout the state will compete for first, second, third place, and two honorable mentions at the state competition."

The release stated that high school students in Wyoming wrote essays describing how ethics have shaped their lives.

According to the release, "The American Dream Essay Contest is centered on 'Ten Principles to Live By,' as highlighted in the book, Cowboy Ethics, by bestselling author Jim Owens. Every high school and homeschool student in grades 9-12 was invited to participate by reflecting on the Ten Principles (or their personal ethical beliefs), and writing an essay based on these guiding forces."

The release stated that the students were sponsored by teachers, and the teacher of whomever wins 1st place will be recognized at the competition and will receive $300 for full-class participation.

The 1st place winner at the competition will win $5,000 cash; 2nd place will receive $3,000; and 3rd place will receive $2,000. Two honorable mentions will receive $1,000.

The American Dream Essay Contest is sponsored by the Zimmerman Family Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, Hilltop National Bank, Larry and Margo Bean, Kevin and Julie Murphy, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming.

For more information, visit the American Dream Essay website.

Code Of The West: Wyoming State Code of Ethics

"The Code of the West" was declared the official state code of Wyoming, and the act was signed into law on March 3rd, 2010. Wyoming is the first state to adopt a code of ethics. The legislation chose ten ethics derived from the book "Cowboy Ethics" by James P. Owen