From the Harford County Women’s Republican Club:
A 6th grader from Fallston Middle School and ninth grader at Edgewood High School are the winners of the 2011 Constitution Day Contest sponsored by the Harford County Women’s Republican Club (HCRW). Allison Wissler, from Fallston, won the prize for middle school-aged students with her essay on the Constitution. Bel Air resident and student at Edgewood High School’s International Baccalaureate Program Natalie Brosh was chosen for her thought-provoking lesson plan designed for ninth grade students. Each winner received a $500 cash award for their efforts.
Putting the spotlight on the Constitution was the motivation behind the HCRW launch of the annual Constitution Day challenge for the county’s students. In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring any institution receiving federal dollars to provide educational programming on the history of the Constitution on September 17 of each year.
“September 17th is significant because it was on September 17, 1787 that the Constitutional Congress signed the Constitution,” says Paula Mullis, HCRW president. “Our club understands the importance of this unique document and our decision to launch this Constitution Day contest is an effort to encourage students of every age to study the Constitution and to share it with others.”
Ed Amatetti, a Montgomery County, MD teacher who started New Renaissance in Education (www.nrie.org), an organization devoted to promoting teaching of curriculums that are balanced and which teach America’s heritage, says Allison’s and Natalie’s entries were thoughtful and thought-provoking. NRIE was so impressed with Natalie’s 9th grade lesson plan it has asked and received permission to showcase the lesson around the country.
The contest was open to all students in Harford County, public, private and home-schooled.
The HCRW will begin accepting entries for the 2012 contest in May. Information will be available at http://hcrw.org/ .