2021 Sacramento Chapter Essay Contest


Middle and High School Division


2021 Essay Topic: “What happens when a community no longer respects private property?”


The Sacramento Chapter of Freedoms Foundation Essay Contest is open to K-12 students in the Sacramento Area.  Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to winning students in the elementary, middle and high school categories.

Deadline for the Chapter Essay Contest submission is January 15, 2021. SOA Applicant Essays are due December 1, 2020.

Essay guidelines

  1. Entries must be typed, double-spaced and contain 500-1000 words.
  2. The submitting student’s name, school, grade level and teacher’s name should be in the top left corner of the first page.
  3. The essay must be the original work of a K-12 student in the Sacramento area, but may be reviewed by an adult for spelling or grammar mistakes. Uncorrected mistakes will reduce the essay’s score.
  4. The essay should be submitted digitally to freedomsfoundation.sac@gmail.com.
  5. Entries will be judged on how well they address the topic, which will be based on the sixth point of the Freedoms Foundation’s Bill of Responsibilities.


To respect the property of others, both private and public. No one has a right to what is not his or hers. The right to enjoy what is ours depends on our respecting the right of others to enjoy what is theirs.


K-5 Division Modifications


2021 Essay Topic: “How can we show respect for the property of others?”


  1. For K-5 students the word count is 250-500 words.
  2. Other guidelines apply.

Cash Prizes for Winning Essays in Each Division

1st Place  – $100

2nd Place – $ 75

3rd Place – $ 50

Winners of the Sacramento Essay Contest will be announced at our annual 2021 Awards Banquet, February 27, 2021.

Winners of 2020 Chapter Essay Contest

3rd-4th Grade Division-2020
5th-6th Grade Division-2020
High School Division-2020

Winners of 2019 Chapter Essay Contest

2019 Elementary School winners
2019 Middle School winners
2019 High School winners