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We the Students Essay Contest

The Bill of Rights Institute will not be running a 2022-23 We the Students Essay Contest. We hope to resume the contest in a future year.

For the 2022-23 school year, we are encouraging students to participate in our MyImpact Challenge civic engagement contest. Find out more about this contest here.

2022 We the Students Winner

Grand Prize ($7500): Cynthia Huang

Orange County School of the Arts, Class of 2024

Santa Ana, California

Read Cynthia's winning essay HERE

Runners Up ($1500 Each)

Honorable Mentions ($500 Each)

2021 We the Students Winners

Grand Prize ($7500): Sarah Schleinkofer

Beverly Hills High School, Class of 2022

Beverly Hills, California

Read Sarah's winning essay HERE

Runners Up ($1500 Each)

Honorable Mentions ($500 Each)


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 We the Students Essay Contest!

2020 Essay Prompt: What does civil discourse mean to you?

Grand Prize: Derek Jiang

Stephen F. Austin High School

Sugar Land, Texas

Read Derek's essay HERE

Runner Ups

Honorable Mentions

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