Essay Contest Semifinalists

Two Chadwick students were selected as semi-finalists in a national essay contest sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute.  Twin sisters Kayla and Kylie Purdome wrote the essays last year as freshmen in Mr. Tyler Walker’s English I class and submitted them online. The winners were not announced until this summer.

The contest is one of the largest of its kind, giving away $4500 in cash prizes and collecting more than 10,000 entries annually. While they did not win any money, they did place in the top 2 percent of all submissions.

Note: They found two typos in the orginal version of this article. They have been corrected.

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Anthem Essay Contest

The basic info for the contest is below. Click here to see full contest details.

Eligibility: 8th, 9th and 10th Graders

Entry Deadline: March 20, 2013


Select ONE of the following three topics:

  1. Equality understands that his invention will benefit mankind greatly; however, this was not his main motivation in conducting his experiments, and it is not the primary source of the great joy he experiences. Discuss.
  2. Compare the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden with the story of Equality 7-2521. For what “sins” were each condemned? In what ways are Equality 7-2521 and Adam simi­lar? How do they differ?
  3. Equality reaches the important realization that “To be free, a man must be free of his brothers”. Explain what Equality means by this, citing examples from Anthem.

Ayn Rand’s Anthem: The Musical

Members of the English II class are reading Ayn Rand’s dystopian novella Anthem. When half of the class was unexpectedly gone for a choir field trip, we put off reading Chapter 3 and instead broke up into small groups to create a musical version of Chapters 1 and 2. (Oh, the irony!)

Students were given the option of recording their songs for bonus. They had about an hour to write, rehearse, and record.

Chapter One: “We Are Equality 7-2521.” Lyrics by Kailyn, Taylor, Rachel, and Jeffrey. Featuring Jeffrey, Kailyn, Rachel, and Taylor as Equality 7-2521.

Chapter Two: “Equality and Liberty.” Lyrics by Janson, Hailey, and Kenzie. Featuring Janson as Equality 7-2521 and Hailey and Kenzie as Liberty 5-3000.


Note: Not surprisingly, there has actually already been an adaptation of Anthem into the musical format. Check it out here.