The 2010-2011 ” target=”_blank”>Abd el-Kader Essay Contest has expanded beyond Elkader to include all Iowa high school juniors and seniors and is based on the inspiring life of Emir Abd el-Kader. The essay contest encourages learning about our global society and building bridges of respect, tolerance and cross-cultural understanding. Students are asked to evaluate the significance of Abd el-Kader’s courageous life of struggle during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile as applied to current events in America and the world. Student essays are due March 30, 2011. Principal Financial Group is a supporting financial sponsor.