What is Celebrate Liberty?
Celebrate Liberty is a program of the N.C. State Council of Governors. Its purpose is to introduce students to the importance of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and American government.
Grand Prize $250
The Grand Prize winner also receives an expense-paid trip to the N.C. Lions State Convention at the Marriott Crabtree-Raleigh on April 23-24, 2016.
Essay Contest Rules
- The contest is open to all high school juniors enrolled in a North Carolina public, private or charter school.
- The theme for the contest is the Thomas Jefferson quote below.
- “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
- Essays must be no longer than 750 words in length, submitted in English, type-written in black ink and double-spaced.
- Each submitted essay must be sponsored by a Lions club in the respective district where the school is located.
- Only one entry per student per year, and each entry must be the work of only one student.
- After judging on the club level, the winning essay should be sent to the district Celebrate Liberty chairperson for district-level competition. The deadline to submit to the district is January 31.
- The district winner should be sent to the state Celebrate Liberty chairperson for statewide judging. The deadline is February 13, 2016.
- Essay entries cannot have already been published.
- Any essays found to be plagiarized will be automatically disqualified and the student will be prohibited from entering any future Lions competitions.