DuPont is also very grateful for the support that thousands of science teachers have given The DuPont Challenge over the years. In fact, the success of The DuPont Challenge has been due in large part to the commitment of the entire science education community. We give special thanks to our partners at the National Science Teachers Association, Encyclopedia Britannica, , and A+ Media. The prizes and awards for the 2015-2016 awards will be fulfilled and our winning teachers will be recognized at the 2017 NSTA conference in Los Angeles.
If I had to choose from tennis, education, and life skills, I’d choose life skills. If there’s one thing I’ve learned you have to have skills for everything. In school, I thought math was confusing. But then I learned basic skills that just become part of my common sense. Now math is easier and I get A’s more commonly. Also, before I started tennis I thought it would be really easy, but it got harder I realized it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought it was going to be. So I learned more skills for tennis too. I’ve learned that if I want to be good at something I have to keep trying and not give up, even when it gets hard. That I believe is one of the most important life lessons of all; perseverance. I should be more self-reliant and a friend to myself when I need to improve on something. I’m the only one who can sail my own boat, so I shouldn’t just wait around for other people to help me, because that have lives too. And if something seems impossible, that just makes it more fun to solve. We all need to learn different life skills (like how to deal with fighting friends) and will at different times. It’s TOTALLY different from school. In school, everyone is taught the same thing as their fellow classmates at the same time. But in your own life, you and the people around you are unique in your own way. So you’re likely to learn different at different times. Life is a journey you create yourself.
Students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the . territories, or if they are . citizens attending high school overseas. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted. Previous first-place winners and immediate relatives of directors or staff of the AFSA and Semester at Sea are not eligible to participate. Previous honorable mention recipients are eligible to enter. $2,500 to the writer of the winning essay, in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital from anywhere in the . for the winner and his or her parents, and an all-expense paid educational voyage courtesy of Semester at Sea.