2018 CONSTITUTION ESSAY CONTEST
The Constitution Education Project Fund was established with the primary purpose of supporting projects and providing opportunities for the youth of Solano County to expand their understanding of our country’s Founding Documents, and rewarding their ability to articulate and communicate those ideals and principles.
The premise of the Constitution Essay Contest is simple. “If Liberty and Freedom are to endure in our country, it is imperative that our young people have an understanding of our Founding Documents and are able to articulate and communicate those ideals and principles.”
The Contest originated in Solano County in 2012 to recognize the accomplishments of schools and teachers who create learning environments wherein their students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking, and then be able to effectively communicate their understanding and ideas. Over the past six years the contest has grown from a modest 35 entries submitted the first year, to over 300 essays received in 2015.
The hope for 2018 is to encourage more student entries and greater school participation because of changes made to this year's contest. The 2018 Constitution Essay Contest will award Mini-Grants totaling up to $5,500. This includes two Grand Prize Mini-Grants: a $700 Award for grades 10-12, and a $300 Grand Prize for grades 7-9.
A $100 'Best of School Award' will be awarded to EVERY SCHOOL in the County submitting 30 or more entries.
All students attending public, private, and home schools in Solano County, in grades 7-12, are eligible and invited to participate in this annual contest. Note: homeschoolers must be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) organization. The rules for submitting a written essay expressing an understanding of the Founding Documents and Principles are stated in the Contest Entry Form – Topic & Rules (found below).
Constitution Literacy Advocates sponsor this annual contest. For more information about the Sponsor and the Contest, visit their website at Celebrate Our Constitution.
Click on these links to view and download the Contest materials.
Make an online tax-exempt donation to the Constitution Education Project Fund by clicking on the “DONATE” button shown in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Or, mail-in or hand-deliver a contribution by check, made payable to SCF (for deposit to the Constitution Education Project Fund).
Constitution Essay Contest Winners
All entries are judged by a panel of retired teachers and volunteers from various organizations. The writers names are removed and the essays numbered so judges do not know who wrote it. “This started as a way to emphasize our history and for young people to learn about it,” said Colleen Britton, chair of the Constitution Essay Contest Project. Click on this link to view a Photo Collage of Awards of previous years' contest winners.
On the right is Victoria Lawson, a 10th grader at Armijo H.S., winner of the 2017 Grand Prize Mini-Grant Award of $1,000. Click on this link to see the 2017 Essay Contest Awards List.
Below are the 2016 contest winners and their teachers. Click on this link to see the complete list of 2016 Essay Contest Winners and Award Results.
Click on this link to view a list of the 2015 Essay Contest Winners and Award Results.
To the right is Sierra Richardson, an 11th grader in 2015 at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School in Vacaville. She read her grand prize winning essay during the 4th annual celebration and awards dinner at Pippo Ranch in Vacaville.