Minnesota Supreme Court  Historical Society



Mondale-Quie Essay Contest

2019-2020 Essay Contest

All information and guidelines for the Essay Contest are available in the Essay Packet.


Topic:
In light of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which extended the right to vote to most women, discuss whether the right to vote should be expanded further and, if so, to what groups.

Important Dates:
Online Contest Registration Begins: October 15, 2019
Online Essay Submission Deadline: January 21, 2020
Announcement of Winners: March 29, 2020
Awards Luncheon: May 2020

Winners will be announced via email and online at https://mncourthistory.wildapricot.org/Essay-Contest.

Eligibility:
Minnesota high school students in grades 11 and 12 who attend a public or private school (including charter and alternative-learning programs) or who are home schooled in Minnesota are eligible to apply.

Registration Information:
To be eligible for the essay contest, you must first register HERE by 1/21/20.  Essays submitted without first registering will not be considered.  There is no entry fee for participating.

Prizes:
The MSCHS will award scholarships to the top three essays: First Place: $1,000; Second Place: $750; Third Place $500. 

2018-2019 Contest Winners

Congratulation to this year's essay contest winners!  Thank you to our sponsorship partners, ABOTA and the MSBA Civil Litigation Section.

Gabriel Konar-Steenberg | St. Paul Academy and Summit School | Race is Real: The Equal Protection Implications of Desegregation and Affirmative Action

Lily Nestor | St. Paul Academy and Summit School | Solutions to Segregation: Quotas v. Holistic Review

Gabriela Hernandez | Breck School | Law of Ignorance



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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