Anticipating Monday’s launch of the much-anticipated 2020-21 school year, we’re delighted to declare the return, for its seventh annual installment, of the Pasco Clerk & Comptroller’s Constitution Essay Contest. Clerk Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Esq., welcomes and encourages ALL Pasco fifth-graders to enter.
Yes, ALL! Public and charter school students, those in private and parochial schools, students learning remotely, and students who are home-schooled.
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 and inspired 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 Alvarez-Sowles invites all Pasco County fifth-grade students to participate in our seventh annual Constitution Essay Contest.
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, a medal, and a gift card, and will be introduced at a meeting of the Pasco County School Board.
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!
The deadline for entries is September 30. Winners will be announced October 22.