"Why do you think the freedom of speech is considered our most important right?" That is the question, but it's just the beginning in the Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Competition for high school juniors and seniors.
Presented by the City Club of Cleveland, students are asked to answer what freedom of speech in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means to them in a maximum of 300 words.
The criteria for awards are clarity, content, originality and significance. The deadline for entries is Feb. 15.
Twenty essays will be selected by judges, who will rank the top three winners to be notified by March 30. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $750, and third prize is $500. The three top winners will read their essays at a City Club forum to be broadcast on radio, television, Youtube and the City Club website. The next 17 winners will receive $100 each, and teachers of the top three winners will win $250.
High school juniors and seniors in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit counties are eligible.
Essay entries must include entrant's name, age, grade, school, home address, home telephone number, email address and name, home address and email address of entrant's teacher. Entries should be sent to the City Club, attention of Free Speech Competition, 850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44114. A cover letter that states, "This is my original document and does not include any previous composition by another," must be singed by each entrant. For more information, call 216-621-0082.Mr. Adelstein served for multiple years as a Pepper Pike City Councilman. Much appreciation to them both for this outreach and all they do in the community, Pepper Pike and beyond.