Kansas Contest Series

Essay contests exclusively for Kansas students

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The 2013-2014 Kansas Contest Series is now closed. You can register to be notified about any future contests.


Previous contests in the Kansas Contest Series

For each contest, decide if you “Agree” or “Disagree” with the statement prompt.  Then write an essay defending your position (max 500 words).


  • First Place: $800
  • Second Place: $600
  • Third Place: $300
  • $100 each for the teachers of the winning students

Contest 1: The Constitution

Statement Prompt: ”The Constitution is outdated and should be interpreted in light of modern understandings.”

Contest 1 Winners:

  • 1st Place: Bailey Rendzia, De Soto High School
  • 2nd Place: Jordan Lund, Wichita Heights High School
  • 3rd Place: Shea Gillpatrick, Blue Valley West

Contest 2: The Bill of Rights

Statement Prompt: ”In recent years, the Federal government has taken on responsibilities that, under the 10th Amendment, should be left to the states.”

Contest 2 Winners:

  • 1st Place: Samantha Hurst, De Soto High School
  • 2nd Place: Bailey Rendzia, De Soto High School
  • 3rd Place: Maggie Mulich, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

Contest 3: The Presidency

Statement Prompt: ”The executive power of the president has greatly expanded since the Founding, and this has undermined the system of checks and balances that our Founders intended.”

Contest 3 Winners:

  • 1st Place: Savannah Shawnee, Wichita High School North
  • 2nd Place: Bailey Rendzia, De Soto High School
  • 3rd Place: Jacob Margolies, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy