Students must submit an original 800-1200 word essay based on a person, event, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or the Framing of the United State Constitution. Essays will be judged on historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar, spelling and documentation.f irst Place - $5,000. Second Place - $2,500. Third Place - $1,000. Pick up information in the counseling office. Deadline is December 30, 2017.