CU-Boulder Students Win Prizes In Constitution Day Contest

Published: Sept. 27, 2005

Five University of Colorado at Boulder students won $100 cash prizes as part of a Constitution Day quiz contest sponsored by the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement.

Of 412 students who took a difficult 10 question online quiz about the United States Constitution, five scored perfectly and received the prizes, according to Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Michael Grant. The contest concluded the week of Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

The quiz challenged students' knowledge on topics such as minimum age requirements for Supreme Court justices and the number of times the word 'God' appears in the Constitution. There is no minimum age requirement and the word 'God' is not in the Constitution.

The winners were juniors Christina Beisel, Joseph Rosenblum and Craig Poucher; senior Michael-Scott Heberling; and doctoral candidate Matt Thompson.

The online quiz was one of several contests and special events that took place on campus in connection with Constitution Day.

The department of political science and the Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment sponsored an essay contest on the Bill of Rights in wartime. All undergraduate students were eligible to submit entries that responded to the contest's question, "What is the proper balance between national security and individual rights?" Students wrote four- to five-page essays to compete for a first prize of $150, a second prize of $75 and a $50 third prize.

Also in honor of Constitution Day, the University Libraries mounted a display in the windows of Norlin Library's media library, which face the west entrance of Norlin. The display features posters of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights as well as posters highlighting the importance of the Constitution and government publications on the Constitution and citizenship.

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