February 28

Essay Contest

  • February 28
Each year the Freedom Festival Essay Contest gives rise to expressions of patriotism from students in K-12th grades throughout the nation. This year's theme focuses on the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights*. Deadline is February 28. Students may choose to write about the purposes and applications of the First Amendment that may include its history, adoption, and recognition of significant individuals involved. Or they may write on any concept or specific freedom included in the First Amendment such as the Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to peacefully Assemble, and Freedom to Petition the Government. Students may also apply the First Amendment protections to current or historical situations and court cases.
How to Submit

Click here to complete entry form and submit essay.

Essay Contest Procedures
  1. The Freedom Festival Essay Contest is open to ALL Students in grades K-12, whether in traditional public schools, public chartered schools, private schools, or home schools.
  2. All entries must be received no later than Feb 28.
  3. All submitted essays must include a completed Contest Entry.  No personal or identifying information may appear on the essay itself.  (No names, grades, teachers’ names or school names on the essays.)
  4. Winners will be notified by email when judging is completed.  Original essays will not be returned.

Judging Criteria

Entries are judged on a student’s exposition of the theme, depth of insight, writing skill and sincerity of tone.  Suggested essay length is two pages (typing is optional).  A submitted essay must be the student’s own work.

How to Submit

Click here to complete entry form and submit essay.

2021 Essay Contest Winners!

Grades K-3

Freedom Award:  Isaac Steele,
Liberty Valley Intermediate School,
Danville, PA

Patriot Award:  Emery Gelder,
Eaglecrest Elementary,
Lehi, UT

Grades 4-6

Freedom Award:  Ruby Keller,
Lindon Elementary,
Lindon, UT

Patriot Award:  Sydney Brown,
Farmington Elementary,
Farmington, UT

Liberty Award:  Breanna Brown,
Farmington Elementary,
Farmington, UT

Grades 7-9

Freedom Award:  Sam Cook,
Skyridge High School,
Lehi, UT

Patriot Award:  Shailynn Spangler,
Syracuse Arts Academy Junior High,
Syracuse, UT

Liberty Award:  Camryn Woodley,
American Heritage School,
American Fork, UT

Grades 10-12

Freedom Award:  Megan Eversole,
Farmington High School,
Farmington, UT

Patriot Award:  Dallin Christensen,
Leadership Academy of Utah
Clearfield, UT

Liberty Award:  Anna Fairbanks
Academy for Math, Engineering, and Science
Salt Lake City, UT

Download The Educational Events Poster

Click here to download: 2022 Events Poster

Submission deadline – February 28, 2022

Click to Download the Supplementary Material

Click to Download the Theme Prompt

Click to Download the Theme Ideas

Awards & Prizes
Grade 10-12: Win up to $500.00
Grade 7-9: Win up to $200.00
Grade 4-6: Win up to $100.00
Grade K-3: Win up to $75.00

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