"Ideas Matter" Winner Announced

The William J. Clinton Foundation Awards $2,500 College Scholarship to Beebe High School Junior 
 
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 12, 2013) -- The William J. Clinton Foundation is pleased to announce the winner and runners-up of the "Ideas Matter" annual essay contest. Madison Kate McGraw, a junior at Beebe High School, won the top prize and $2,500 scholarship. Runners-up are Stephen Sigman of Waldron High School, and Troi Wilcox, a senior at Robinson High School in Little Rock.

"As our world continues to get smaller, global issues will require local attention and action, and the essay contest is a way for Arkansas students to be a part of this increasingly important conversation," said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the William J. Clinton Foundation. 
 
The scholarship contest encourages Arkansas students to put their good ideas into action to confront some of the world's most urgent challenges. The essay contest was open to any Arkansas student in 11th and 12th grades who submit a 500-word (minimum) essay addressing the following writing prompt: "There are many challenges in today's interdependent world. The Clinton Foundation's mission is to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment." Choose and define one of these topics and propose your own ideas and solutions to help solve the problem. 
 
McGraw's winning essay addressed the issue of improving global health by addressing the shortage of available caregivers. Her solution included forming a leadership coalition that would "provide opportunities for doctors to practice in medically underserved areas in exchange for reduced tuition debt." Stigman's runner-up essay proposed a reduction in oil consumption and greenhouse emissions by utilizing technology to modernize and expand modern-day rail systems. In Wilcox's essay, she emphasized the need for better and more affordable healthy food options as a solution in combatting the country's childhood obesity problem.
 
The mission of the Clinton Foundation, and the inspiration for the "Ideas Matter" essay contest, is highlighted in a new display at the Clinton Center. "The Work Continues" is a comprehensive look at the far-reaching, and on-going work of President Clinton and the Foundation. The display issues a "Global Challenge" to visitors to learn about some of the biggest issues our global communities face today and how the Foundation is helping individuals and communities around the world build a better future. Focus areas - global health, economic inequality, health and wellness and climate change - provide the compelling content for the interactive kiosks. 
 
This is the third year the Clinton Foundation has sponsored the "Ideas Matter" Essay Contest. The essays were read and judged by a panel comprised of faculty from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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