Lance Junck, a junior, is the winner of the International Thespian Society Democracyworks essay competition. He will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in Arts Advocacy Day March 20-21. Junck is a member of Thespian Troupe 3482 and was a runner-up in the 2016 Democracyworks competition.
The contest is sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association and provides high school students, who are members of a Thespian troupe, with an opportunity to address important advocacy issues that impact theatre and other arts education. The winner earns a spot on the association’s delegation for the annual national observance of Arts Advocacy Day sponsored by Americans for the Arts.
The topic for the essay contest focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education and why it should be part of a well-rounded curriculum for all students.
While in Washington, D.C., Junck and his chaperone will participate in one day of advocacy training and another visiting the offices of their Congressional representatives, making the case for support of a wide range of arts and arts education initiatives and legislation.