Posted: 9/10/2021-By FDR Media Services
Young Patriot Challenge to Explore U.S. Constitution Through Essay, Poster, Speech
The Young Patriot Challenge will give county students an opportunity to share their perspective on the United States Constitution through a poster, essay or speech.
The contest, which celebrates its ninth year since it paused in 2020 due to the health crisis, is open to all Merced County students, including homeschooled students, and helps to assist teachers in complying with the federal mandate that the U.S.
Constitution should be the subject of lessons and activities for appropriate classes during Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17.
The contest runs Sept. 13-17.
The theme for the 2021 Young Patriot Challenge is “Which U.S. Constitutional rights and freedoms protected from government interference are the most important to you? Please explain why.” Middle school students compete by writing an essay and high school students will give a prepared speech explaining their position on the prompt.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade students are asked to develop posters around the theme “Symbols of Liberty” and 4th through 6th grade students have the prompt “Symbols of our Nation.”
Students can win gift cards and other prizes in the competition.
Young Patriot Challenge Chairperson Barbara Riis-Christensen said the program helps
to inform students about the document the United States was founded on. Riis-Christensen quoted Abraham Lincoln, who said “Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
An awards ceremony for parents and contest winners at all levels will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Rd.
Some posters will be on display at the Merced Mall Oct. 7-Oct. 20.
For more information, call Riis-Christensen (209) 358-8404 and visit http://www.ypcusa.net.