272 Word Challenge for High School Students

272 Word Challenge for High School Students

Essay Challenge: The Power of Words

It has been said that Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the most powerful, important speeches in American history. Only 272 words, the Gettysburg Address is an inspiring affirmation of American ideals, equality and democratic principles. It is an impassioned plea and a thoughtful argument for the value that President Lincoln held most dear: Freedom.

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and honor its author, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation invites high school students to share their thoughts in only 272 words—no more, no less, about either Abraham Lincoln or Gettysburg/The Gettysburg Address. Students’ essays must be submitted via email to 272words@alplm.org.


Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Social Studies Coordinator

Office of Secondary Learning