Bill Of Rights Institute Essay Contest Past Essay

Scholarship Contest Winners Announced!

We’ve recently completed our 2013-2014 We The Students Scholarship Contest and are excited to share the results. The contest ran from September to December 2013 and we received over 1,500 entries from students across the country.

Many of the entries we received were of high quality, and it was a difficult job for our judges to award only five prizes. Please join us in congratulating the outstanding students who were awarded prizes this year!

1st Place: Janek Benigno

Janek is a senior at Seton Catholic in Chandler, Arizona. In addition to earning his varsity letter in Golf, he has participated in Boys State, Student Government and drama. He was named “Student of the Month” by his school in August 2013, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

2nd Place: Joshua Wilkerson

Joshua is a senior at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. After participating in the contest, Joshua said he, “gained a deeper understanding of the Constitution through analyzing it and writing about some of its principles.”

3rd Place: Hwasung Yoo

Hwasung is a senior at Maggie Lena Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies in Henrico, Virginia. He has won multiple awards for his writing in the past. English is Hwasung’s second language and he credits his teachers for helping him to succeed.

Honorable Mention: Brian Wei

Brian is a senior at Stuyvesant High School in Brooklyn, New York. The contest inspired Brian to view his role as a citizen in a different light. He says, “I once believed that the common citizen does not possess the ability to enact change. After considering a question in the contest, I can happily conclude that I was wrong.”

Honorable Mention: Martin Clayton

Martin is a senior at Spring Valley Academy in Trenton, Ohio. He was named a “Commended Student” by the National Merit Scholarship Program and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has participated in Model United Nations and various dramatic performances.

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We are no longer accepting applications. The winners will be announced March 26, 2018.

Should schools be able to keep tabs on students’ social media to prevent internet bullying? Should there be regulations that prohibit a president from tweeting? With our “We the Students” essay contest, you could win prizes just for sharing your thoughts on these issues!

Each year, We the Students gives 8-12th-grade students from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspective on a trending topic.

This year’s prompt: To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?

We are awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes to the students who submit the best essays on the topic.

  • 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
  • Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each

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