NDNY-FCBA
Constitutional 
Scholars 
Program


FOURTH ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST

NOW OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
IN THE 32 COUNTIES THAT CONSTITUTE
THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Subject: The origin of some aspect of the U.S. Constitution: specifically, one of the seven topics listed on this website's Topics page

Who Is Eligible: All students in grades 9 through 12 in the 32 Counties that constitute the Northern District of New York (i.e., Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren and Washington). There is no entry fee. But each student may submit only one essay per annual contest.

Format: A typed essay of up to 2,000 words based exclusively on primary sources cited in a recognized system of citation. No reference to the student's name may appear on the essay but must appear on a title page, along with the student's grade level, school, home mailing address, telephone number, and any email address. For the official rules, click on this website's Rules page.

Due Date: Essays are due by midnight on February 12, 2019 (Lincoln's 210th birthday). Essays may be submitted one of two ways: (1) as an email attachment in Word, Word Perfect or PDF format (not Google Docs or Mac Pages) sent to director@constitutionalscholars.org, or (2) by regular U.S. Mail sent to Michael G. Langan, Esq., Chambers of Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby, U.S. District Court, 100 South Clinton Street, Syracuse NY 13261.

JudgingBy a panel of three or more federal court judges based on clarity, factual support and persuasiveness, to be determined by the judges in their sole discretion. Results will be announced on May 1, 2019 (Law Day).

Prizes: Prizes will be offered to high school students in each of two sections (one section for public high school students and the other section for private high school students). The winner of first place in each section will receive $750; the winner of second place in each section will receive $300; the winner of third place in each section will receive $150; and the winner of honorable mention in each section will receive $50.