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Constitution Day Essay Contest

The 2017 Constitution Day Essay Contest is open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College.

The essay contest is limited to one submission per entrant. Prizes will be awarded to the top three essays as determined by the judges.
  • 1st Place: $100 Amazon gift card
  • 2nd place: $50 Amazon gift card
  • 3rd place: $50 Amazon gift card

Winning essays will be announced on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 on the Constitution Day webpage and will appear on RioNews with accompanying photos of the winning entrants. Winning entrants will be contacted privately by the Judging Committee in accordance with the contact information proved by the entrant after the closing date.

Essay Topic: Given that the United States Constitution is a living document, how would you use it to promote change?

Essay: Entries will be a personal reflection essay written at the college-level following either APA or MLA citation style. 500 words maximum.
Submission Information: Submit your completed essay via email to by midnight on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Late entries will not be considered.
  • Label the subject line of your email as “Essay Contest – NAME.”
    For example: Essay Contest – Tristan Marble.
  • Include your contact information: first and last name, phone number, and mailing address in the body of the email.
  • Attach your submission to the email as a single PDF file.
The 2017 Constitution Day Essay Contest is sponsored by the Rio Salado Constitution Day Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students. The decision of the Judging Committee is final.

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