Politics And Youth Essay Contest

Writing Contests

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?"

All entries should be submitted to:

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund,
Office of General Counsel,
11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 267-1250

Entries must be postmarked on or before the entry deadline. All entries become the property of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

2017 Youth Essay Contest

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Entry Form.

Description, Prizes & Deadline: The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

The entry deadline for this contest is December 31. Entries postmarked by December 31 will be accepted. Essay contest winners will be selected and notified in early 2018. All entries become the property of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high, or high school during the 2017-2018 academic year, including homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. For example, a previous winner in the junior category, who is now eligible for the senior category, may submit an entry.

Format and Contents: All essays should be about 1,000 words, neat, and legible (double spaced, typed preferred). The fund historically receives a large number of entries and the contest is highly competitive. Include your name, age, address, telephone number, school, and grade as well as a statement from a teacher or parent certifying that the essay is your original work.

On Wednesday, March 8th LegiSchool had the pleasure of hosting 10 high school students at our annual Legislative Summit, held at the State Capitol. Our essay contest winners had the opportunity to speak with members of the state legislature; as well as education policy experts on the topic of deciding to delay school start times.

To start the day, students were given an introduction to state government by the Executive Director of the Center for California Studies, Steve Boilard. We then welcomed our panelists, Assemblymember O’Donnell, Jeanice Warden, and Senator Portantino to discuss with our students a new bill (SB 328) on delaying school start times. While students had the opportunity to ask the panelists questions, they witnessed lawmakers tackle education policy firsthand.

In the afternoon, students were led on a VIP tour of the State Capitol. They visited the Assembly and Senate galleries. Students were then introduced to the legislative side of the building. Their guide discussed with them the next generation’s role in state government and encouraged them to participate early.

Photo taken by Fountain Valley High School teacher Sean Ziebarth

Following the tour, students attended their final panel. This panel focused on the policy concerns of delaying school start times. Education representatives from the state, district and county answered students’ questions on school funding, local vs. state government and how the proposed legislation (SB 328) would affect their communities.

The day ended with the students visiting their representative’s offices. Each student left their member’s offices excited after being individually recognized and congratulated by their representatives.  For some students, this is a once in a lifetime chance and we are so pleased students enjoyed themselves in Sacramento!

Many thanks to the panelists, chaperones, presenters, lawmakers and their staff that contributed to making our summit a success!


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