Our Senior Essay Contest was established in 1966 to provide our graduating students an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion on current events. This contest is open to any senior currently enrolled in an Oklahoma Public School. Local 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the Men’s and Women’s Division will receive a certificate. State winners receive a cash prize and the funds are for the winners to spend as they wish! Each year our Education Committee spends a great deal of time perusing topics to choose one they believe will challenge our seniors to think about the impacts of culture on our every day lives. This is another way for our local lodges to honor graduating seniors and engage with the local community while steadfastly to their commitment to education.
The topic for 2020 is:
The First Amendment provides, in part, that “Congress shall make no law….abridging the freedom of speech.” When the First Amendment was ratified, the ease of access to the Internet and the ability to communicate quickly to millions of people through the Internet could not have been contemplated. While the Internet can empower positive speech and communications for safety and good purposes such as fundraising, weather alerts, scientific discovery, etc., the Internet can also empower negative speech for evil purposes leading to dangerous results such as bullying, hate speech, and terrorism. Should the First Amendment be changed to address speech in the Internet Age? If so, how should it be changed, and why? If not, please explain.
- Any high school senior attending an Oklahoma public school may enter. Only one entry per student is allowed.
- Essays must be submitted online, in doc, pdf or google doc. No other forms of submission will be accepted.
- The deadline for submission is October 31, 2020 and the form for submission is linked below.
- Essays must be the student’s original work.
- The essay must be 1000-1250 and included a bibliography page listing all referenced materials (books, articles, internet sources, etc) in a generally accepted format (Chicago Manual of Style). It must be attached to the same document.
- The Bibliography does not count towards your word count. Essays that don’t meet the 1000-1250 word count will be disqualified.
- Essays must be submitted in English, double spaced, with a non-script font size 12. Handwritten essays will not be accepted.
- Essays will be professionally judged based on adherence to the assigned topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, and neatness.
- Entries become the property of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and will not be returned.
Deadline October 31, 2020
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