Klickitat County students can win $500 for free speech essay

The Klickitat County Republican Party is encouraging  county students to learn about the First Amendment Right to Free Speech.

The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution text reads; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The KCRP has decided to offer three (3) $500 prizes to county youth, age 14-18.  The criterion for this essay competition will be based on the student’s submitted original essay following the “Right to Free Speech” Essay Competition Guidelines attached or provided at KCRP.net.  One prize will be awarded per County Commissioner district.  The County Commissioners will be the final judge for their respective district.

The deadline for submission will be May 15, 2019.  All essays must be submitted in an electronic format and sent to KlickitatCountyRepublicanParty@gmail.com.  All essays must have a cover letter with the following information: 1. Name and phone#  2. Age of student  3. School attend/homeschool  4. Parent/Guardian Name & Phone# 5. Student name on each page of essay

For more information please contact:

Susan Kelsey



Right To Free Speech

Essay Competition

A politically correct atmosphere has begun to dominate our college campuses.  We see guest speakers, professors and students being harassed, threatened or shut down because their opinions may not be in line with the majority.  Ben Shapiro and Ann Coulter are two examples of speakers who have been “uninvited” to speak to students after protests and threats of violence.  Professor Bret Weinstein resigned from teaching at Evergreen State College in Washington State because his opinion of a scheduled event upset students and resulted in tremendous hostility and threats of violence directed at him.  And conservative students around the nation and right here in Washington are facing intimidation on campuses when they voice their support for conservative candidates and causes.

Write an essay in taking a stance on the importance of free speech on our high school and college campuses.  Make sure you establish a claim, address potential counterarguments, and support your claim from independent sources.  Develop your ideas clearly and use your own words, except when quoting directly from the sources.  Be sure to reference the sources by title when using details or facts directly from the sources.

You will need to follow these 6 guidelines:

1.  Explain what we mean by “free speech” and why it’s important to our country.

2.  State whether or not you believe our freedom of speech is under attack.

3.  Provide evidence that supports your opinion; give examples; elaborate. (In addition to objective research, you may include one personal example)

4.  Recommend a solution to the problems we’re having with free speech.

5.  Discuss possible counterarguments to your solution.

6.  As a conclusion, has your opinion of free speech on high school and college campuses changed since you started working on this essay?  Explain.

Please be sure to have your name on each page of essay.