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Being an American Essay Contest Deadline Approaches

Yacine Simporé Special to the Amsterdam News | 11/21/2011, 3:45 p.m.
Being an American Essay Contest Deadline Approaches

The deadline for high-school students and their teachers to submit essays for the National "Being an American essay contest" is fast approaching.

Launched in 2006, this Contest is organized by the Bill of Rights Institute, that has a mission to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

"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, in a press release.

This year, students are asked to explore the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution by answering the question: "How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?"

Five regions in the U.S are participating in this contest and New York Students will have to sign up as part of the North Eastern region. The top three students from each geographical region will receive a cash prizes (from 100 to 1,000 $), and teachers will be honored and awarded free lesson plans and other supplementary materials.

To be eligible to apply you students must be:

  • In grades 9-12
  • U.S. citizens or legal residents
  • Either attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, being home-schooled, participating in a GED or correspondence school program
  • No older than 19 years old
  • Students studying at military bases abroad and U.S. territories are also invited to participate

All Essays must be submitted online at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest by 11:59 P.M. PST on December 15, 2011.

Since this contest has started, 80,000 students have participated and the Bill of right Institute is calling for more students because it would enable them to "think critically and truly makes the past relevant in their lives today."

Further information at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest.