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Posted on: August 16, 2021


Calling all Pasco County fifth-graders! The Ninth Annual Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller's Constitution Essay Contest is open and ready for entries. All Pasco fifth-graders are invited to weigh in on the prompt, "Why the Constitution is important."

On September 17, 1787, 39 courageous, far-sighted patriots gathered in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall under the watch of George Washington to sign the United States Constitution, inaugurating the phrase that has resounded across generations: “We the People.”

In seven articles encompassing 4,200 words, the document – the governing embodiment of the Declaration of Independence adopted in the same room 11 years earlier – established three coequal branches of government to carry out carefully enumerated powers while holding each other accountable using checks and balances.

Still, state legislatures worried about the excesses threatened by a strong, distant central government. When James Madison authored – and Congress adopted – the Bill of Rights, resistance dissolved, and 13 independent states became the United States of America.

More than 230 years later, the United States spans a continent, its beacon of liberty shining into every dark corner of the world, and We the People still enjoy the freedoms hammered out during that long-ago summer in Philadelphia.

In celebration of the framers and Constitution Day – September 17 – Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Esq., invites all Pasco County fifth-grade students to participate in our ninth annual Constitution Essay Contest. See complete contest instructions via the link below.

Competition winners will be selected by a panel of judges (all professional writers and editors) who will receive the essays with an assigned number but otherwise stripped of identification. First-, second-, and third-place winners will be presented an elegant trophy and a gift card, and will be introduced at a meeting of the Pasco County School Board. Clerk Alvarez-Sowles will visit the first-prize winner at her/his school.

Honorable mention certificates, suitable for framing, also will be awarded.

Again, Clerk Alvarez-Sowles encourages all Pasco fifth-graders to participate: public school, charter school, parochial, private, virtual, and home school. All Pasco fifth-graders are welcome!

Deadline for entries is September 30. Winners will be announced October 22.

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