July 16, 2012
From: Laura Woodard Clark
Director of Media Relations
Essay contest commemorates U.S. Constitution anniversary
“Free Expression and the First Amendment” is the topic of a high school essay contest to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.
Sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Communication, the contest is open to all public, private and home schooled high school students in Ouachita and Lincoln parishes.
The contest will be part of a larger observance of the anniversary, which will also include a guest speaker, Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center, who will deliver the keynote speech Sept. 25.
The contest topic focuses on the free expression component of the First Amendment.
Specifically, it asks: “Other than what has already been prescribed into law as unprotected free speech (obscenity or threats to national security, for example) what, if any, should be the limits to free expression?”
Entry requirements are as follows:
- One entry allowed per student.
- Essays may not exceed 1,000 words (there is no minimum length)
- Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others.
- All entries will receive consideration from a balanced panel of experts who will evaluate entries based on understanding of the First Amendment, persuasiveness, creativity and grammar.
- First prize is $500; second, $300; and third, $100 and two (2) honorable mention awards at $50 each.
All entrants into the essay contest will be invited with their family and friends to a reception Sept. 25.
Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than Sept. 18.
Electronic submissions must be received no later than 8 p.m. CDT Sept. 20.
Hand-delivered submissions should be delivered no later than 4 p.m. CDT Sept. 20.
Mail or hand deliver submissions to:
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Department of Communication
401 Bayou Drive
120-D Stubbs Hall
Monroe, LA 71209
Attn: Dr. Peggy J. Bowers
Winners will be contacted by telephone or email.
Sponsors include Charles Kincade, EPCO Carbon Dioxide, The News-Star, Ouachita Independent Bank, the law firm of McNew, King, Mills, Birch and Landry, the law firm of Hudson, Potts and Bernstein, The Free Press, David Verlander and Travis Holley.
Sponsorships are still available.
Please contact Dr. Peggy Bowers for more information at 318-342-1462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the essay contest visit ulm.edu/225.
Photo of Ken Paulson courtesy