Annual Essay Contest for High School Students

The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government is pleased to announce its 2022 Forrest Palmer High School Essay Contest with a first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $500, a third prize of $300 and honorable mention prizes of $50.

CFOG is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the open accountable government essential in a democratic society. Our foundation sponsors this contest to encourage debate among students on First Amendment issues. The contest is named in honor of the late Forrest Palmer, who began the contest in 2000 when he was president of CFOG’s board of directors.

The essay topics for the 2022 contest are:

  1. Should Connecticut law continue to pr­event the public, including students and parents, from reviewing the performance evaluations of teachers?
  2. Police departments and school boards have experimented with “predictive policing” technology to identify hotspots and individuals who could pose problems, even monitoring student social media and maintaining data on individuals. Do these practices violate civil rights protections?
  3. Does the First Amendment protect teachers from being fired from teaching about race or other controversial issues in violation of school policy?

Students should choose one of these three topics to answer in their essays. Essays must be at least 400 words but no more than 600 words and emailed no later than March 31, 2022 to cfogessay@aol.com. Essays should include the student’s full name, school, grade and teacher email contact information. Winners will be announced by May 16, 2022. Attached is a flier for posting.