Editor’s Note: Americans United recently concluded its annual essay contest for high school students. Nearly 500 entries were received. The winner this year is Lekha Sunder, who will be a senior this fall at Lamar High School in Houston. Sunder received a scholarship prize of $1,500.
Ethan Cantrell, a recent graduate of Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, W. Va., won second place. He plans to major in anthropology at West Virginia University this fall. He was awarded $1000.
Americans United has announced its second annual essay contest for high school juniors and seniors.
This year, the contest is focusing on the role of religion in public schools. AU is asking students how they might solve a real or hypothetical church-state separation violation at their school.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has launched its second annual essay contest that invites high school students to address church-state separation issues that frequently occur in public schools.
In 2007, Americans United argued in federal court that a public school district in New Jersey acted correctly when it ordered a football coach to stop praying with players and other students.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the school district’s favor against the coach, Marcus Borden of East Brunswick High School, in 2008 and confirmed that his actions were unconstitutional because they violated the First Amendment.