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The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. As Lincoln's birthday approaches, Pennsylvania high school students have the opportunity to participate in a statewide speech contest, In Lincoln's Footsteps. The winner will be part of the official 2013 Dedication Day ceremonies in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Submissions will be accepted between Feb. 12 and April 1.

As Lincoln's birthday approaches, it is an excellent time to reflect upon the significance of his Gettysburg Address, reinforce its relevance to present day and perpetuate the values it represents, even 150 years later, said Dr. Myles Martel, whose international leadership communication firm, Martel and Associates serves as the lead sponsor of the contest. For students and adults alike, the civility President Lincoln expressed with such grace and eloquence remains an example of leadership communication, even today.

The In Lincoln's Footsteps contest is open to any high school student who will be in grades 10-12 during the 2013-14 academic school year, and is enrolled in a public, parochial, private, charter or home school within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will be asked to submit a 270 word contemporary version of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address focusing on themes such as freedom, bravery, sacrifice, dedication and national purpose.

Rules and submission information about the contest are available at www.inlincolnsfootsteps.com.

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