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LRHS seniors (l to r) Ariana Majana, Alexandra Adamo and Kaylee Keng wrote winning essays. Not pictured seniors Jordan Baker and Abbey Delosh.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Thursday recognized their top five finalists for the Manatee County Constitution Day essay contest, seniors Ally Adamo, Jordan Baker, Abbey Delosh, Kaylee Keng, and Ariana Majona.

The Constitution Day essay contest is a project led by Dr. Robin Thompson and the Manatee School District’s Curriculum Department.

It was created in 2004 after an act of Congress mandated all publicly funded schools to educate students on the history of the United States Constitution.

Manatee County honors this by hosting a contest in which high school seniors submit an essay on “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

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Majona said, “The U.S. Constitution is such an important part of what makes America be able to be a “safe” place for people to live, something that is not available in most countries.”

Baker said, “The United States of America has one of the most revolutionary foundations of any country in the world.”

Majano and Baker will move on and read their essays at a lunch hosted by the Bradenton Rotary Club for the final selection of winners.

Delosh said, “The Constitution allows me to live freely in this country within certain limits that all must follow.”

Keng said, “The most important part of the Constitution to me is that it protects the people from cruel and unusual punishments, and it gives the right to a fair trial.”

Adamo said, “Many take for granted that this historic contract certifies the protection of our basic rights.”