THE CONNECTICUT FOUNDATION
FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT
2018 High School Essay Contest
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $300
Honorable Mentions: $50
Students choose one of the following topics:
- After a student-organized speech, “It is OK to be White,” ended in a shouting and shoving match, University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst proposed new rules for speakers and events on campus. Safety concerns and the background of speakers and their affiliates will have to be evaluated under the rules. Does this hamper free expression on campus?
- The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case involving a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing his religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission found the baker violated the state’s anti-discrimination law. Does the First Amendment protect the baker’s decision not to make a cake for a same-sex couple?
- Does the First Amendment protect the right of National Football League players to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality and police treatment of minorities?
Essays must be at least 400 words but no more than 600 words and emailed no later than March 28, 2018, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Essays should include the student’s full name, school, grade and teacher email contact information. Winners will be announced by May 15, 2018.