Friday, September 14, 2012

First Amendment Congress essay contest for high school students


Oklahoma high school students can win up to $300 in the 2012 Zach Taylor First Amendment Congress Essay Contest.
 
This year's theme: In your opinion, what is the greatest threat to First Amendment freedoms in this day and age?
 
Students are encouraged to do factual research on the topic, but to write creatively and personally, rather than to write a report.
 
Essays should be about 500 words, typed and double-spaced. Grammar and spelling will be considered.
 
Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Oct. 11. Email entries to Dr. Vickie Williams at ccosabulk@gmail.com. Click here for more details.
 
First prize is $300. Second- and third-place winners will receive $200 and $100, respectively.
 
Winners will be recognized at FOI Oklahoma's 14th annual First Amendment Congress on Oct. 31 at the University of Central Oklahoma.
 
Among the speakers will be Adam Goldstein, attorney advocate for the Student Press Law Center. He will discuss current First Amendment issues for high school students and teachers.
 
The registration deadline is Oct. 25. Click here for details.
 

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Differing interpretations of law and policy are welcome. Personal attacks and character assassinations will be rejected.