Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Reminder to Students About Constitution Day Essay Contest

Hunter Library is again playing a central role in the University’s activities pertaining to the U.S. Constitution. As a co-sponsor of the Constitution Day Contest, we encourage all undergraduates to pen their thoughts on the 26th Amendment and its enduring effect on American life, thought, and culture. The prompt for the contest goes as follows:

“For most of America’s history, college students were not allowed to vote. In 1971, the 26th Amendment was adopted in recognition that 18-year-olds were old enough to fight wars, but not to vote in elections. A generation later, do you think young adults have fully realized their citizen role? What challenges face your age group today? By what means are you empowered to act, politically and civically, on behalf of your generation’s interests?”

Essays should not exceed 750 words, and should be submitted by 5pm, September 29, to Cash prizes include $150 (1st), $100 (2nd), and $50 (3rd).

Winners are also eligible (though not required) to enter their essay for consideration for the December 2006 Commencement Address. The essay that wins 1st Prize will be published in the Western Carolinian.

For a listing of other Constitution Day/Week Activities, visit the University’s news page at