In 2004, the Congress decided that "Constitution Day" should be observed in schools each year on September 17 with educational programs about the history and signing of the Constitution. To help celebrate Constitution Day, seven newspapers and the New Hampshire Supreme Court have sponsored an annual "Constitution Day Essay Contest" for grades 5-12 on a topic related to our constitutional rights as citizens.
Teachers and students take note! Here's a fun way to discuss and debate some difficult questions and learn a few things about the remarkable document that has governed our nation for 227 years.
Winning essays will be published in the participating newspapers and winners will be invited, along with parents and teachers, to a special reception at the state Supreme Court and to the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Awards.
|Read 2014's winning essays »||See photos of the event »|
American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont discussion on school dress codes.
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Atlantic: Dress codes from the point of view of dress code enforcers.
Washington Post: Editing yearbook photos to comply with dress code
Fox News: Do dress codes unfairly target girls?
Denver Post: Dress codes in DC, tourists vs. locals
Court dress code, Roswell, NM
Court dress code, Washington, DC
San Antonio Express-News: Story about banned t-shirt at Texas school
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Essay Contest Rules
• Open to students in grades 5-12 in New Hampshire or served by participating papers in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.
• Typewritten essays must be 350-500 words. Submissions will be judged on understanding of the issue, clear writing and thinking, presentation, grammar and spelling.
• Guidance from teachers and parents is encouraged, but the contest is designed as a student exercise, and, as such, essays are expected to be the student’s original work.
• Essay entry form must include the following information:
Student's name, school, grade, home address, email address and phone
number. Teacher’s name, email address and phone number.
• Submit essay to one of the participating newspapers. The student must live in that newspaper’s circulation area.
• Students may submit one essay only. Duplicate entries
will be disallowed.
• Essays must be emailed or postmarked by Oct. 6, 2015.
• Each newspaper will select up to two local winners from grades 5-8
and up to two local winners from grades 9-12. These local winners become statewide finalists.
• From these finalists, the state Supreme Court will select
one statewide winner in each category.
• Participating newspapers will publish their local winners’ essays.
• All statewide finalists, along with their families and teachers, will be
invited to a reception at the state Supreme Court. The two statewide winners also will be invited to the annual First Amendment Awards presented by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.
David Sangiorgio, Publisher
Concord, NH 03302-1177
|Conway Daily Sun
Mark Guerringue, Publisher
64 Seavey Street
North Conway, NH 03860
Steve Baskin, Asst. Circulation Director
100 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845
|Foster’s Daily Democrat
Scott Wasser, Editor
150 Venture Drive
Dover, NH 03820
|The Keene Sentinel
Paul. R. Miller, Executive Editor
Keene, NH 03431
|The Laconia Daily Sun
Edward J. Engler, President & Editor
1127 Union Ave
Laconia, NH 03246
|New Hampshire Union Leader
Community Relations Manager
Manchester, NH 03108
Scott Wasser, Editor
111 New Hampshire Ave.
Portsmouth NH 03801
Phil Kincade, Managing Editor
17 Executive Drive
Hudson, NH 03051
Martin Frank, Editor
24 Interchange Drive
West Lebanon, NH 03784
Learn all about the Constitution from a website created by retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner: http://www.icivics.org/
Text of the US Constitution
NH Department of Education
Constitution Day resources, programs and lesson plans for teachers
NHPTV Knowledge Network
Visit www.nhptv.org/kn/constitution for links to online classroom video on the U.S. Constitution, lesson plans, and reviewed websites.
Information from The Bill of Rights Institute
New Hampshire Bar Association
Find more online resources about the U.S. Constitution
Information from the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
Education Resources for use on Constitution Day
Guide to the Constitution and "civic education in the real world."
Information on the US Constitution provided by the federal court system