And The Winner Is...Reconnecting The Circle is proud to announce the winners for the 2012 RTC National High School Essay Contest.

The topic: Which Native American Values are Important in Today’s World and Why?


  1. Native American Values – Important Then, Important Now – by PATIENCE HARJO | Muscogee Creek and Pawnee | grade 12 | Oklahoma
  2. Three Women, Three Lessons: Reconnecting The Circle Through Native American Values – by KAMILYN CHOI | grade 12 | Minnesota

Please join us in congratulating the winners. You can view their essays here.

Our judges for the 2012 RTC Essay Contest were:

  1. Robert B. Cook | Oglala Lakota | Managing Director, Native Achievement Initiative, Teach For America
  2. Leonda Levchuk | Navajo | Public Affairs Officer, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Why Only Two Winners?

This year’s contest was different due to a much lower participation rate than in previous years. Therefore, we made the decision to provide fewer awards. Instead of forfeiting the contest, we wanted to honor the students who wrote and submitted their essays. Reconnecting The Circle holds the right to cancel or modify the contest if there is 1) low participation and/or 2) insufficient prizes. (See RTC’s Essay Contest Guidelines.) We thank you for your understanding.

Future Contests

We plan to continue the essay contest this Fall and hope to offer exciting, new programs in the not-too-distant future.


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