Kansas Contest Series
Essay contests exclusively for Kansas students
We’re excited to announce a new series of essay contests for this school year that are only open to high school students in Kansas.
For each contest, we will provide a statement prompt. Students will choose whether they “Agree” or “Disagree” with the statement, then write an essay of up to 500 words defending their position.
Contest 3: The Presidency
When: January 27, 2014 to March 17, 2014
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.”
What: 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
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Previous contests in the Kansas Contest Series
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Statement Prompt: ”The Constitution is outdated and should be interpreted in light of modern understandings.”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