Mayor's Constitution Contest

Mayor David Ortega

Dear Scottsdale Students,

I am pleased to invite you to join us in celebration of the United States Constitution, signed September 17, 1787. The We the People Constitution Day Contest is a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge on the document that established our constitutional democratic republic to protect our basic individual freedoms and promote justice through the rule of the law.

The We the People Constitution Day Contest promotes civic engagement, community reflection, and understanding of the principles that guide our participation in this representative form of government. Although the United States Constitution was originally signed with quill and ink, today we are able to express its importance through various other artforms.

Please see the ways you can participate below and choose the one that stimulates your creativity. I look forward to seeing your ideas!

Best of luck,

David Ortega
Mayor of Scottsdale


Compose an essay (word limit varies according to grade level); create art piece in any medium; write and perform a fun or informative 3-minute original song or video (collaboration with other students permitted); craft and produce a 3-minute educational podcast. For submissions other than essays, include a written explanation to explain or market your project.


Grades 1-5
What does the First Amendment (protection of free speech, religion, press, assembly) mean to you as a citizen of the United States of America?
(Essay word count: 250-350)
Grades 6-8
Select one of the Constitutional Amendments and explain how the change to the Constitution benefits our citizens and safeguards our communities.
(Essay word count: 500-650)
Grades 9-12
How does the Constitution and the changes specified in the Amendments protect our democratic republic form of governing and require our individual participation to exercise responsibilities for our society?
(Essay word count: 1000-1200)


Entries will be judged in the context of how each contributes to a better understanding of the Constitution. Finalists will be determined by the American Association of University Women-Arizona and Grand Prize winners will be chosen by Mayor Ortega. For each category, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.


  1. All entries - essays, art, media - must be the original work of the student.
  2. Only one entry per student per category is permitted.
  3. Essays may be typed and submitted electronically as a PDF or neatly handwritten.
  4. Art may be in any medium.
  5. Song/Video/podcast may be 3 minutes or less, posted on YOUTUBE and the link sent to Rebecca Kurth at
  6. Winners must live in Scottsdale or attend a Scottsdale school.
  7. Each entry must include:
    • Full name
    • Grade
    • Age
    • Address
    • Phone number and Email address
    • Name of School or Home School
    • Title of entry
  8. All submissions will be considered the property of the City of Scottsdale and may not be returned. Winning submissions may be displayed in City Hall or other Public Venues, such as libraries.
  9. Entries must be submitted, mailed or postmarked by 5 p.m., September 16, 2022. Submission sites include Scottsdale Public Libraries’ information desks or Scottsdale City Hall or electronically to Rebecca Kurth at
  10. Your entry will be confirmed electronically within 48 hours of submission via email. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours, please contact Rebecca Kurth at

Awards Ceremony:

To be determined

With Support From:

US Representative Greg Stanton       Constitution Contest Sponsor Logo

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Mayor and City Council
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Mayor's Office
P: 480-312-2433
F: 480-312-2738

Council Offices
P: 480-312-2550
F: 480-312-7885

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