Essay Contest Focuses on US Constitution

8 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, September 26 2011 Sep 26, 2011 Monday, September 26, 2011 9:48:05 AM CDT September 26, 2011 in News

ARLINGTON, Va. - U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute's sixth annual Being an American Essay Contest.

The largest contest of its kind in the country, the Being an American Essay Contest explores the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel.

"This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution," said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. "This context is vital to helping students see their Founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government."
Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the following question: "How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?"

The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 (First Place), $500 (Second Place), and $250 (Third Place). Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100.

"The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms. The Contest is really a tribute to the excellent work teachers do in the important task of civic education," said Ross. Over 80,000 students have participated in the essay contest since it began in 2006.

"We are pleased to support the Bill of Rights Institute's Being an American Essay Contest," said Dr. Libby O'Connell, SVP, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, History Channel. "The contest encourages students to think critically and truly makes the past relevant in their lives today."

The official essay question is "How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?" The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens or legal residents and are either attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, being home-schooled, or participating in a GED or correspondence school program. Students must also be 19-years-old or younger. Military bases and U.S. territories are also invited to participate. It should be no more than 1,000 words.

Complete contest details can be found below. Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders and the Founding principles are available at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Nearly 70,000 pounds of pork will be going to Missouri families after a donation from the Missouri Pork... More >>
8 minutes ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 3:08:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Central Missouri Mother's Milk Depot opened in early spring of 2019. Now, as premature baby rates... More >>
11 minutes ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 3:05:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday for Planned Parenthood's fight with the state over funding. ... More >>
17 minutes ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 2:58:56 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department confirmed it was conducting a homicide investigation after a shooting at the Welcome Inn... More >>
30 minutes ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 2:45:58 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The man accused of killing a woman who has been missing since 2006 appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.... More >>
41 minutes ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 2:35:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Police confirmed the identity of a man accused of robbing a gas station at gun point Saturday. ... More >>
51 minutes ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 2:25:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou officially announced the 33rd head coach in football program history Tuesday, welcoming former Appalachian State head coach... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 1:32:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE – Emergency crews continued the search for the body of missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji Elledge early Tuesday morning... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:14:00 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:24:00 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
PRAGUE (AP) - Police and officials say six people have been killed and three wounded in a shooting in a... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:33:57 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Police say a person injured in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand has died in... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:29:00 AM CST December 10, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Property owners of two buildings in the heart of Jefferson City are facing a deadline to either... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 6:39:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Gary Edge's son was the muscle at Cornerstone. The 15-year-old, who was placed in... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 4:42:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education voted on a new student seclusion, isolation and restraint policy at its meeting... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 4:09:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Authorities say a mid-Missouri couple is jailed after being charged with repeatedly locking a 9-year-old boy... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 3:44:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Five professors from the University of Missouri School of Law signed an open letter stating that President Donald... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:30:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Neapolitan pizza restaurant MidiCi closed its doors for good on Sunday after roughly 3 years in Columbia. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:14:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The number of people who are homeless in Missouri has decreased for five straight years: 2014-2018. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:13:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 36°
4pm 35°
5pm 32°
6pm 31°
7pm 29°