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American Freedom Essay Winners

Every Fall, in honor of Constitution Day & Citizenship Day, The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia sponsors its annual American Freedom Essay Contest. The American Freedom Essay Contest challenges educators to have their students write a 100-300 word essay on the importance of freedom in their lives. Entries are judged in Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories with the winner in each category earning a free field trip with The Constitutional Walking Tour for his/her class. The contest generally runs from September through mid-October each year. Check back in September for more details on the next contest.

2017

2016

  • Kathleen Finnegan
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Greenwich, CT
    Greenwich High School
    Teacher: Aaron Hull
  • Aastha Kapadia
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Morganville, NJ
    Marlboro Memorial Middle School
    Teacher: Amanda Hendrickson
  • Margaret Zhou
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Hawes Elementary School
    Teacher: Joseph Staunton

2015

  • Noah Owen
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    Pennsville, NJ (Salem County)
    Central Park Elementary School
    Teacher: Cheryl Guglielmo
  • James Pocchia
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Staten Island, NY (Richmond County)
    St. Patrick's School
    Teacher: Phyllis Vreeland and Diane Sussuma
  • Abigail Feda
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Greenwich, CT (Fairfield County)
    Greenwich High School
    Teacher: Megan Roby

2014

  • Olivia Heim
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County)
    Centerville Elementary School
    Teacher: Cara Greer
  • Emma Contiguglia
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    New York, NY (New York County)
    The Nightingale-Bamford School
    Teacher: Amanda Goodwin
  • Markelda Martinez
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County)
    Excel Academy South
    Teacher: Jennifer Weaver

2013

2012

2011

  • Abigail Miller
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    Fruitland, MD (Wicomico County)
    Fruitland Intermediate School
    Teacher: Christy Briggs
  • McCall Johnson
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)
    St. Anne's School of Annapolis
    Teacher: Yasmin Mesiya
  • Madeline Wolf
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Greenwich, CT (Fairfield County)
    Greenwich High School
    Teacher: Aaron Hull

2010

  • Sabrina Traktorchuk
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    Huntingdon Valley, PA
    Rydal East Elementary School
    Teacher: Ashley Garrett
  • Alexa Carter
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Fort Lee, NJ (Bergen County)
    Lewis F. Cole Middle School
    Teacher: Marianne Nugent
  • Laura Wojcik
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Pennsauken, NJ (Camden County)
    Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
    Teacher: Kathleen Burke-Esposito

2009

  • Dylan Bresnan
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    New York, NY (New York County)
    Trevor Day School
    Teacher: Liz Fishman
  • Hunter James
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Newtown, CT (Fairfield County)
    Reed Intermediate School
    Teacher: Valerie Pagano-Hepburn
  • Andrew Fixler
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Weston, MA (Middlesex County
    Weston High School
    Teacher: Don Benson

2008

  • Samantha Chong
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    Weehawken, New Jersey (Hudson County)
    Theodore Roosevelt School #5
    Teacher: Patricia Allegretta
  • Duncan Reehl
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Milford, New Jersey (Hunterdon County)
    Holland Township
    Teacher: Sandra Ozgar
  • Gia Montemuro
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Cinnaminson, New Jersey (Burlington County)
    Cinnaminson High School
    Teacher: Daniel Matz

2007

  • Leah Huebner
    Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County)
    William H. Loesche School
    Teacher: Merle Fine
  • Santina Pescatore
    Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Merion Station, Pennsylvania (Montgomery County)
    Waldron Mercy Academy
    Teacher: Eileen Flanagan
  • Alexander Sliwecki
    High School (Grades 9-12)
    Cinnaminson, New Jersey (Burlington County)
    Cinnaminson High School
    Teacher: Megan Schweitzer

To read the rules and entry requirements, click here.
 
Any views, opinions or commentary expressed by the authors of the winning essays in the American Freedom Essay Contest are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia, its affiliates, its officers, its directors, its employees, its Sponsors, and/or its agents in any manner whatsoever. The Constitutional Walking Tour does not make any guarantees, express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information contained or quoted in the reprinted essays.
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