As part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of President Kennedy’s assassination the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation is inviting 11th and 12th graders, from local high schools, to participate in a writing competition to expand this famous quote from President Kennedy’s address.

“And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

Today many high schools expect their students to participate in public service activities as part of their educational experiences. Our foundation challenges students to share a composition about how their involvement in public service, volunteerism and/or community projects helps them to become better citizens in today’s society.

1. Presently an 11th or 12th grade student in a local high school.
2. Composition must be 300-500 words in length.
3. Entries must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
4. Emails will be accepted through said date. Compositions must be an attachment to the email.
5. Compositions must include name of student, high school, home address, telephone number and email address for contact.

1. The winner and two (2) Honorable Mentions will be invited to be a part of the special program at the museum on Friday, November 22, 2013. (50th year anniversary of JFK assassination)
2. The Winner will be offered a scholarship of up to $500 and the two (2) Honorable Mentions will be awarded up to $250.

Where to Send the Entries (MUST be received by 11/13/13):
1. Email to
2. Mail to JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation, Attention Glen Anderson, P.O. 2488, Hyannis, MA 02601