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Mondale-Quie Essay Contest

2018-2019 Contest Information

Registration for the 2018-2019 contest is now open.  You can register online here.

It has been 150 years since the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 14th Amendment was one of three “Reconstruction Amendments” ratified in the wake of the American Civil War. 

The Equal Protection Clause’s impacts how public schools and universities may treat students on the basis of race. The Equal Protection Clause plays a role in affirmative action in college admissions and busing of K-12 students. Most notably, the Equal Protection Clause was at the center of the landmark desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education. 

Question to be answered: Do you think courts have decided issues of desegregation, busing, and affirmative action in public schools and universities correctly? Support your answer with citations to relevant sources.

**You must be registered to participate in the Essay Contest.  There is no fee for registration.**

Full contest details and submission guidelines can be found in the attached pdf.

MSCHS_2018-2019_Essay_Contest_Packet.pdf

Important Dates:

Online Contest Registration Begins:  October 15, 2018
Essay Submission Deadline:January 22, 2019
Announcement of Winners: March 29, 2019
Awards Luncheon: May 2019

Rules, resources, and other information are all available in the Essay Packet.  Please use the link above to download.

2017-2018 Contest Winners

The 2017-18 essay contest explored hate speech in the context of the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in R.A.V. v. St. Paul.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. Winning essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  

The winning essays are:

Stephanie Frisch | St Paul Academy and Summit School A National Dilemma: Hate Speech Censorship
Edmond Laird-Raylor | St. Paul Academy and Summit SchoolRegulation or Respect
Isabelle Lindahl | Chisago Lakes High School | One Nation, Under the Constitutional Amendments
Georgia Pharris | Southwest High School | Free Speech and its Limits
Amelia Roth | Cook County High School Hate Speech is Free Speech

2016-17 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the students whose essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

The winning essays are:

Carly Dammann - Chanhassen High School  Essay
John (Campbell) Morrison - The Blake School  Hand It Over:Exploring the Danger Of Power In an Age of Technological Advancement
Marie Nalan - Grand Rapids High School  Reasonable Suspicion in the Digital Age
Grace Seeley - The Blake School  The Fourth Amendment Strikes Back: When Can Student Phones Lawfully Be Searched?
Cole Woerner - The Blake School  The Court Should Clarify, and do so with Care
Elena Stanley - Duluth East High School  Expectation of Privacy

2015-16 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the students whose essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

      

The names of the winning authors are:

Ken Han – Eden Prairie High School    A Day in the Life of the Magna Carta
Grant Kleiman – Hutchinson High School    Magna Carta Matters Today
Celina Ough – East Ridge High School       Protesting the Patriot Act
Katherine Yan – Eden Prairie High School        Pay Discrimination, the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and the Magna Carta


2014-15 Essay Contest Winners

Five essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

The names of the winning authors are:

Aaron Shoemaker - Saint Peter High School   Social Media Ethics: The Rights of the Student in Public Schools
Julia Rock - The Blake School
Edwina King - Park Center Int’l Baccalaureate  The Reality of Students in the Digital Age 
Hannah Magarian - The Blake School
Weston Nelson - Roseau Homeschool  Free Speech Comes With a Cost: Responsibility

2013-14 Essay Contest Winners

Five essays were selected by a panel of judges to receive a $500 scholarship.  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section. 

The names of the winning authors are:

Cade Zacharias - Hermantown
Christopher Hofstadter - Blake School
Kate Gross - Hawley Secondary
Andrew Magnuson - Chisago Lakes
Alex Long - Bryon High School in Rochester


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