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Missouri Student Essay Contest

The Missouri NEA (National Education Association), the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Press Association challenge students in grades four through 12 to put their writing and thinking to the test in the annual Law Day Essay Contest.

This year’s essay prompt is: “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. Explore the movement of civil and human rights in America, how it has influenced the ideal of equality under the law, and what you think needs to be done to rectify injustice and eliminate all forms of discrimination.”

The first-place winner in each category receives $300, second-place winners receive $200, and third-place winners receive $150. Statewide awards will be presented May 11 at a banquet in Jefferson City.

All entries should be sent to the judging coordinator listed in the contest flier, which is available along with the rest of the entry materials at http://www.mnea.org/Missouri/Contests.aspx.

Essays must be postmarked by Feb. 8, 2013. Essays must be postmarked by Feb. 8, 2013.

Students will compete in three categories, grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Entries should be no longer than 700 words and will be judged on general appearance, structure, content, creativity and originality.

The 35,000-member MNEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3.2 million-member NEA.

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