Tenth- through 12-grade students in Mesa public high schools will have the chance to win a $2,500 scholarship through the 2007 United States Constitution Essay Contest.
The Sertoma Club of Mesa and the Mesa Constitution Celebration Committee are sponsoring the contest and will be awarding the first runner-up with a $1,000 savings bond and the second runner-up with a $500 savings bond.
The 500- to 700-word essay must be a critical analysis on the Second, Eighth, 13th, or 26th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The essay must be based on the origin, reasoning or purpose of the chosen amendment, what limits it puts on the government and what obligations it puts on citizens, according to the contest rules.
The essays will be judged on creativity, content, preciseness, grammar, and adherence to the contest rules. The deadline is 4:00 p.m. October 26th.
Students must include their name, grade level, teacher’s name, school name and the date in the upper right hand corner.
Essays must be typed or neatly handwritten in ink on 8½-by-11-inch paper.
Awards will be presented to students with the best essays from each school at a luncheon at the Sertoma Club of Mesa.
All who submit essays will receive certificates of participation.
For more information about the contest, contact Walt Zimmerman at (480) 969-2607.