We the Students Essay Contest

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Deadline: February 7, 2016

Winners Announced: April 12, 2016


In 500-800 words, answer the following question:

The Founders believed in the sanctity/vital importance of the individual liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. To what extent (or in what ways) has our government compromised on these liberties in the name of security or the general welfare? 

In your answer, incorporate the principles and specific examples (including current events) that support your conclusion.



The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students who are no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period who (1) attend school in the United States, one of its territories or districts, or an American Armed Forces School Abroad, and (2) who are in grades 8 -12 attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, or (3) are enrolled in a GED or correspondence school program, or (4) are attending a home school program.


Student Prizes

Grand Prize: $5,000 cash (plus a scholarship to Constitutional Academy)

Runners Up: 6 cash prizes of $1,250 each

Honorable Mention: 8 cash prizes of $500 each


Scout Prizes

Girl Scout Winner: $2,500

Girl Scout Winner’s Troop: $500

Boy Scout Winner: $2,500

Boy Scout Winner’s Troop: $500


Additional Student Incentives

Refer a Friend – 10 random drawings of $50 each

Step Two Submission Drawings – 10 random drawings of $500 each


Prizes for Teachers of Winning Students

Teachers of Winners: 15 cash prizes of $100 each

Teachers with 5 or more nominations: 5 random drawings for $50 each