AUGUST 13, 2014

Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride and offers prizes and recognition for winning entries

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SCOTTSDALE – Comparing the vast freedoms in America with the few of her Egyptian homeland helped 8-year-old Marina Abdulmalek capture a grand prize in last year’s Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest. The Yavapai Elementary School third-grader had recently immigrated to the United States. In her essay, Marina wrote about how her family once lived in fear for speaking up and practicing their Christian beliefs. She expressed how she now has “the freedom to learn, grow, and achieve and become the best I can be. This is what the Bill of Rights means to me.”

The Mayor is again running the Constitution Day Contest to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1797, signing of the U. S. Constitution.

“Last year, I received many thoughtful and creative entries for our Constitution Day Contest, and I am looking forward to this year’s celebration,” said Mayor Lane. “I’m hopeful that students in our community use this opportunity to broaden their knowledge about our country’s finest document at a time when constitutional issues, from separation of governmental powers to privacy, face the nation daily.”

This year’s contest has been expanded to include an art/video category in addition to the essay category. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups:
• First through fifth grades: $100 gift cards
• Sixth through eighth grades: $150 gift cards
• High school: $200 gift cards

Contest details are available at

Participants can submit entries at any Scottsdale Public Library or at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Entries also can be submitted electronically to Rachel Smetana at

Entries must be submitted, emailed or postmarked by Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Mayor Lane will host a reception for contest participants and their families on Constitution Day, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.