By Kerrin Brinkman | September 7 2011 11:40
The United States Constitution

What does the Second Amendment mean to you, and why is it important? If you're a high school, junior high, or even an elementary school student, your answer could win you up to $1,000 in Savings Bonds.

Each year, the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund (NRACRDF) sponsors an essay contest focused on the Second Amendment and its role as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The theme for the essay is "The Second Amendment to the Constitution: Why it is important to our nation."

The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high or high school during the 2011-2012 academic year, or homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level.

Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 10-12) and Junior (grades 9 and below), with separate prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First prizes are $1,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds; second prizes, $600 in Savings Bonds; third prizes, $200 in Savings Bonds; and honorable mention, $100 in Savings Bonds.

The entry deadline for this contest is December 1, 2011. Essay contest winners will be selected by the NRACRDF and notified in early 2012. Winners will have their names published in NRA InSights, and one of the Official Journals.

Learn more about eligibility and requirements for the essay contest and get your copy of the 2011 entry form. For more information or questions, please contact Ashleigh McFadden with the Office of General Counsel at 703-267-1250.

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