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Constitution Day Contests

The 2018 Constitution Day Essay and Multimedia Contests are open to all students currently registered at Rio Salado College.

The essay and multimedia contests are limited to one submission per entrant. Prizes will be awarded to the top entrants (as determined by the judges) in the following categories:
  • Online Rio Students
    • *Multimedia winner - $75 gift card
    • *Written winner - $75 gift card

  • GED/ESL/ELAA Rio Students at Rio Locations
    • *Multimedia winner - $75 gift card
    • *Written winner - $75 gift card

Winning essays and multimedia entrants will be announced on Monday, October 1, 2018 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 provided by the entrant after the closing date.

Contest Topic: Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.
Students respond to the topic with an essay or multimedia entry. See below*** for information or ideas on the first amendment.

Contest Entries: Students should address the contest topic in either written form (essay, poetry, speech, etc.) or multimedia format (speech, video, photos, PowerPoint, etc.).
     For essays: Entries should follow either APA or MLA citation style. 500 words maximum.
     For multimedia: Digital files can be no larger than 25 MB.

Grading Rubric for Constitution Day Essay
Grading Rubric for Constitution Day Media

Additional Resource: Writing Competency Guide developed by the Rio Salado Library.

Submission Information: Submit your completed entry via email to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.

  • Label the subject line of your email as “Contest Entry – NAME.”
    For example: Contest Essay – Tristan Marble
  • Include your contact information: Indicate if you are an online student or a student at a Rio location and then provide your first and last name and you phone number.
  • Essays: Attach your submission to the email as a single PDF file.
  • Multimedia: Attach your digital submission (no larger than 25 MB) in either jpg, png or pdf format.
The 2018 Constitution Day Essay Contest is sponsored by the Rio Salado Constitution Day Committee, comprised of faculty and staff. The decision of the Judging Committee is final.

***Ideas, information, etc. on First Amendment and this contest:

QUESTION: Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.

  • For example, you could discuss topics such as the use of social media and free speech and how that can promote diversity. Or the enhancement of diversity in the context of the news media coverage of current events (freedom of the press), protesting on social issues (right to assemble), some issue related to freedom of religion and diversity, or any other topic related to the First Amendment and diversity.
Details on the First Amendment: According to the National Archives, the First Amendment provides several rights protections: to express ideas through speech and the press, to assemble or gather with a group to protest or for other reasons, and to ask the government to fix problems. It also protects the right to religious beliefs and practices. It prevents the government from creating or favoring a religion.

Official language of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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"Constitution Day inspires Rio Salado Southern students in Tempe to create visual displays expressing their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and its meaning to them.”

"At Rio Salado Northern in Tempe, Constitution Day sparks lively conversation between students about their experiences living in the United States and what they have learned about the U.S. Constitution.”