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Moultrie News Sponsoring Essay Contest

Moultrie News Sponsoring Essay Contest
Posted on 01/24/2019
Moultrie News Contest

The Moultrie News once again is co-sponsoring the annual Constitution Essay Contest in coordination with local attorney Larry Kobrovsky. All Charleston County School District Students and teachers are encouraged to participate.

"It's a great honor to participate in this, with the voice of our community, which is the Moultrie News. We've been doing this long enough that a prior high school winner is now actually a law clerk for the United States Supreme Court Justice. It's an unbelievable honor for us," Kobrovsky said.

Christopher Mills, a Wando graduate and 2003 winner of the Essay contest, now serves as the law clerk for Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court.

"It shows the caliber of what public education can produce in the East Cooper. That's a compliment both to the public education system of East Cooper and our contest," Kobrovsky added.

This year the contest topic is the 7th Amendment:

"In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." Ratified Dec. 15, 1791.

"We hope this encourages people to become more involved citizens and more appreciative of our country's history.

Their stick into it is to make the United States Constitution a part of their lives and understand it belongs to everybody and to know why we have the rights as citizens that we have, the origin of them and the need to maintain it," Kobrovsky said. "It makes better-informed citizens, hence better citizens."

Larry KobrovskyKobrovsky explained that he picked trial by jury as the topic this year so contest applicants have a better understanding of U.S. history and why we have the things that we have. He hopes the topic will make people relate to the constitution as a meaningful document that is still relevant to the way of life and American exceptionalism. He said most people don't realize jury trials are rooted in our Constitution.

"They really rest power in the people and not the government in deciding the fates of ourselves and our fellow citizens," Kobrovsky added.

This year all five East Cooper mayors will be serving as judges in the contest. The judges are Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie, Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll, Sullivan's Island Mayor Pat O'Neil, McClellanville Mayor Rutledge Leland and Awendaw Mayor Miriam Green. Haynie is a past essay contest winner. All of the mayors voiced their excitement to participate in the contest this year.

Contest details

Teachers with the most students participating in their classes will be awarded $250.

Other prizes are:

High school winner – First place: $200
Middle school winner – First place: $100
Adult winner – First place: $250

Judges will look for organized, clear and persuasive writing, and essays will be judged based on content, organization, style, and grammar.

Essays must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman font.

Middle school students should write no more than 300 words. High school students and adults should write no more than 500 words.

Only online submissions will be accepted at moultrienews.com/constitution-essay. The deadline is Feb. 28 at noon.

"I'm a second generation American, and I don't take for granted any way, shape or form the uniqueness and specialness of being a citizen of this country," Kobrovsky added. "We live in the greatest country that ever existed. The more we can make people aware of why that is, the better off we can be and they're able to ensure that that maintains in the future."

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