This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Rand McNally And USA TODAY Announce The Kick Off Of "America The Beautiful" Essay Contest For Students*

Stocks in this article: BKS GCI

SKOKIE, Ill., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Focused on the best of America, Rand McNally has launched a short essay contest to discover what places across the country inspire young people. Students who enter the contest have the opportunity to win a $10,000 college scholarship and earn a trip to Washington, D.C.

Barnes & Noble is one of the primary sponsors of the contest. Student winners from each state will win an award-winning Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet and have their essays published in an "America the Beautiful" eBook available exclusively on  In addition, the first 1,000 teachers who register will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card.

"America the Beautiful" asks this simple question of kids: What's the one place in the U.S. that truly inspires you? Maybe it's captured in the hometown they love, or the special memories about a place they visited, or even a landmark that is meaningful to them.

" Rand McNally has been selling educational products to schools for more than a century. We have seen social studies de-prioritized in classrooms in recent years due to budget constraints, while technology has made the world smaller and geographic awareness a more critical skill for the 21st century," explained Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. "By encouraging kids to write about a 'place,' our goal with this program is to weave social studies content back into core curriculum, as well as to get kids feeling good about their country. With this goal in mind, the 'America the Beautiful' contest is the first of many digital programs we have planned for 2012."

For the past year, through their Best of the Road® initiative, Rand McNally and USA TODAY have been working together to find the best of America – the best small towns, most patriotic places, friendliest folks. Since both companies also have spent decades committed to the Education sector, it was natural to next reach out to classrooms to find out what young people find inspiring about America.

"The country has been going through a difficult period during the past several years," said David L. Hunke, President and Publisher of USA TODAY, "and we at USA TODAY want to spur optimism in the country about the country. We are looking for young people to share their stories and hopefully inspire all of us to appreciate what is great about our nation and the communities we live in."

"America the Beautiful" is open to 7th through 12th graders and its details can be found on a dedicated micro site at In addition to contest guidelines, the site also features lesson plans for educators, activity guides to assist student writers, and correlations to the Common Core State Standards.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,778.15 +421.28 2.43%
S&P 500 2,061.23 +48.34 2.40%
NASDAQ 4,748.3960 +104.0840 2.24%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs