Essay Contest for High School Students

 

Essay Contest for Kentucky Students, Grades 9-12 

Inspired by the McConnell Center's new publication, Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America, write an essay in which you answer the following questions:

What is your favorite Federalist or Anti-Federalist document? Why is that document still relevant today?

Who may enter:

This contest is open only to Kentucky students in grades 9-12. Students who are currently enrolled in or who have completed at least 9th grade attending public, private, parochial, or home-schooled students of equivalent grade status are invited to participate. 

Length & format: 

Must be between 750-1,000 words. Please double space and use an easily read font. 

Submission deadline: 

Your entry form, along with your essay (emailed to ), must be submitted by Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST). 

Judging: 

Judging will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Entry displays originality and is supported by evidence/examples (40 pts)
  • Entry is clear and effective in expressing the theme (30 pts) 
  • Entry is an organized and unified composition (30 pts) 

Awards: 

  • The first-place winner will receive: 
  • an honorary plaque
  • opportunity to appear as a guest on the McConnell Center Podcast hosted by McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg, PhD
  • free copy of Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America 
  • Additionally, their social studies teachers will receive a print copy of each of the McConnell Center's available publications for their classroom. 

Second and third-place winners will receive free copies of Reflection and Choice: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, and the Debate that Defined America

Questions?

Please contact  or (502) 852-3947.