February 21

Essay Contest

  • February 21
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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. This year's theme focuses on the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights*. Deadline is February 21. 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.
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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 Feb 21.
  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.

2020 Essay Contest Winners!

Grades K-3
Freedom Award: Chloe Barker,
Belmont Elementary

Patriot Award: Lizzie McAllister,
Starry Garden Montessori

Grades 4-6
Freedom Award: Emma Call,
Shelley Elementary

Patriot Award: Brianna Cook,
Lindon Elementary

Liberty Award: Elijah Thornton,
Shelley Elementary


Grades 7-9
Freedom Award: Ella Lund,
American Heritage School

Patriot Award: Brooklyn Brown
American Heritage School

Liberty Award: Mynoa Jacob
American Heritage School

Grades 10-12
Freedom Award: Dallin Christensen
Leadership Academy of Utah

Patriot Award: Dakota Perkins
Timpanogos High School

Liberty Award: Jose Vazquez
Taylorsville High School

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Submission deadline – February 21, 2022

Click to Download the NEW Freedom Festival Supplementary Material

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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