Columbia College Constitution Day essay contest winners (from left) Connor Woodward, Bailey Parks and Seth Schenck.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

Columbia College held an essay competition as part of its festivities to celebrate national Constitution Day on September 17.

The federal holiday commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and Columbia College offered a contest for students to write about which of the 27 amendments to the Constitution is most important to current American society.

Connor Woodward earned first place for his essay on the 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote. Seth Schenck earned second place with his essay on the 14th Amendment, which provides for equal protection under law to all American citizens, and Bailey Parks earned third place for her essay on the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

The essays, which were no longer than 1,000 words and included at least three citations from recent works to bolster the students’ arguments, were graded on a rubric by Dr. Terry Smith, professor of political science, Dr. Barry Langford, associate professor of criminal justice administration, and Dr. David Roebuck, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The first-place essay earned a prize of $250, second place earned $150 and third place earned $100.

Congratulations to all the winners! You can read their essays by clicking on the links below.

First place — Connor Woodward, “The Social Contract and the 19th Amendment: An Exploration of Governmental Legitimacy”

Second place — Seth Schenck, “Equal Protection and Citizenship Today: The 14th Amendment’s Significance in Current American Society”

Third place — Bailey Parks, “Without the 13th Amendment”