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Essay Contest

  • February 17
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Each year the Freedom Festival Essay Contest gives rise to expressions of patriotism from students in K-12th grades throughout the nation. The 2020 theme istaken from the First Amendment..."Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Entry deadline is February 17, 2020.
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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 February 17, 2020.
  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.

Download The Educational Events Poster

Click here to download: 2020 Educational Events Poster

Click to Downlad the NEW K-6 Supplementary Material with Hyperlinks

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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