High school graduate wins third place in Fountainhead Essay Contest

Washington Township High School 2012 graduate,Kirk Butler, recently was named one of ten national third-place winners in the Fountainhead Essay Contest, sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute. For his efforts, Butler, who competed against more than 4,000 entrants nationwide, receives a $1,000 award.

Butler had to pick between three topics for his essay, based on Rand’s novel , “The Fountainhead. Essays were judged on both style and content, with judges looking for writing that was clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays demonstrated an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of “The Fountainhead,” the Rand Institute members said.

Essay submissions were evaluated in a four round judging process. Judges were selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Rand’s works. One grand prize winner received a $10,000 award, and five second-place winners received $2,000. Forty-five finalists picked up $100 awards, while 175 semifinals received $50.