Ephrata High School students – Khalid Brelvi (grade 12) and Ezekiel Jones (grade 11) – are finalists in the Fountainhead essay contest, which is sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the source for information on the life, writings and work of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand. After submitting an essay in their Advanced Placement Language and Composition class last year, Khalid and Ezekiel recently received word they were named finalists.
According to the Ayn Rand Organization’s website, essays were judged on whether the student was able to argue for and justify his or her view. Judges looked for writing that was clear, articulate, and logically organized. Winning essays demonstrated an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of The Fountainhead.
All finalists received a $50 cash prize.