In 1987, Sir John Templeton, a world-renowned investment manager, first established the Laws of Life Essay Contest in Franklin County, Tennessee. His vision was to encourage young people to reflect upon and write about one of the laws of life that make an impact on their decisions, goals and attitude. Similar contests now take place in communities and schools throughout the United States and abroad because of his inspiration.
For over ten years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming has hosted the Laws of Life Essay Contest, now called the American Dream Essay Contest: What it Means to Me. This year we continue our partnership with James P. Owen, author of Cowboy Ethics, Cowboy Values and The Try to bring our youth a way to pursue their vision regarding the meaning of their lives and the ethics that guide them.
The thematic transition of the contest has allowed Wyoming's youth the opportunity to express how they use their ethics and values to achieve their own American Dream. These essays perfectly illustrate what it means to live by the Code of the West and to never give up when faced with adversity when trying to achieve their goals.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming is proud to be a part of this amazing and inspiring opportunity for our youth. The American Dream Essay Contest has become a revered state tradition and we would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has made it possible, especially the wonderful sponsors who continually support the effort: the John Templeton Foundation, the Zimmerman Family Foundation and Larry and Margo Bean.
The Code of the West
1. Live Each Day With Courage
2. Take Pride in Your Work
3. Always Finish What You Start
4. Do What Has to be Done
5. Be Tough, but Fair
6. When You Make a Promise, Keep It
7. Ride for the Brand
8. Talk Less and Say More
9. Remember That Some Things Aren't for Sale
10. Know Where to Draw the Line
To upload essays, please visit the Teacher page and scroll to the Essay Submission section at the bottom of the page!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please email Lou Bruggman, Contest Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (307) 235-4079!