Essay contest for high schoolers

High school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the sixth annual Being an American Essay Contest.

The contest, administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, explores the founding principles outlined in the Constitution. Students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering the following question: “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?”

The top three winners from five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $250. Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100.

Entries must be submitted by Dec. 15 to Entrants may be no older than 19, must be in grades 9-12 and attend public, private, religious, or charter schools, be home-schooled, or be participating in a GED or correspondence school program.

For much more information, including submission criteria and lesson plans, visit