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Spread the Word: FIRE’s High School Essay Contest is Growing!

FIRE will be busy this summer with our annual conference and other projects as we map out our goals for the coming year. That makes the coming season an ideal time for FIRE to spread the word about exciting new changes coming to our annual high school essay contest! The contest offers high school juniors and seniors the chance to compete for college scholarships by writing an essay explaining why free speech and First Amendment rights are crucial to higher education. This year, we are pleased to announce that the scholarship prizes will be bigger, the essays will address brand-new FIRE videos, and even more high school students will be encouraged to participate. Students will now have the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship award, along with smaller scholarship prizes of $5,000, $1,000, and $500. Most importantly, contestants will learn invaluable lessons that will prepare them to exercise their expressive rights as college students in America.

As we launch these new features, we want to appeal to our supporters to help us spread the word! Let your friends, family, and colleagues know about this great opportunity. Most of all, be sure to tell any and all high school students, teachers, and guidance counselors to contact FIRE to learn more. Those interested in participating can even sign up to be notified when the contest begins accepting submissions on August 1.

If you have ideas for how to broadcast these new features to an even wider high school audience or want to refer specific students and teachers for the contest, please let us know. We want to make sure that all high school students know their rights before they go to college!

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