Moultrie News Constitution Essay Contest Accepting Entries

In partnership with South Carolina attorney Larry Kobrovsky, the Moultrie News is sponsoring a Constitution Essay Contest in the hope that it will help engage readers in conversations about American freedoms as expressed in the United States Constitution.

This year’s essay is on Amendment I of the Constitution.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

List of constitutional amendments

The competition is focused on one specific part of Amendment I – What does “the right of the people peaceably to assemble” mean to you and its importance to American society?

Entries may be submiited by middle and high school students, as well as adults. The deadline for the contest is April 29.

Contest details

  • Judges will look for a tightly written, focused essay that is logical, clear, and eloquent and stays relentlessly on point.
  • Proofread carefully, as spelling and grammar area also important.
  • Read all directions carefully before submitting the essay online.
  • Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Middle school students should write no more than 300 words.
  • High school student and adult essays should be no more than 500 words.
  • The teacher with the most students from their classes participating in the contest will receive $250.
  • The top essay in each of the three age categories will be awarded a cash prize: middle School winner — $250, high School winner — $250, adult winner — $500

To submit an essay, visit this page:

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