Twenty Monterey County students will visit Washington D.C. as winners of the annual Monterey County United States Constitution Project, sponsored by the Dan and Lillian King Foundation. 

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U.S. Constitution Project Essay Contest

Twenty Monterey County students will visit Washington D.C. as winners of the annual Monterey County United States Constitution Project, sponsored by the Dan and Lillian King Foundation.

Now in its third year, the goal of the U.S. Constitution Project is to enrich the lives of Monterey County 8th graders with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights which frame our country. 

Students studied the Constitution in their 8th grade U.S. history classes, and were asked to write an essay about the document’s impact on both the country and their personal lives.  The essays were submitted to the Dan and Lillian King Foundation, which selected four winners from each school.

The 20 students, plus a teacher from each school, will travel to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, PA, to experience the buildings, monuments, and documents that have shaped our nation’s history.  Each student also received recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Senate, and California State Assembly.

The students represent five participating Monterey County middle schools: Main Street Middle School (Soledad), North Monterey County Middle School (Castroville), Washington Middle School (Salinas), Los Arboles Middle School (Marina), and Chalone Peaks Middle School (King City).