First Place: “America is The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.But…Are its Universities?” by Arianna Samet
Second Place: “Untitled” (PDF) by Anna Mitchell
Third Place: “Untitled” by Emily Snell
Third Place: “Student Censorship and Academic Growth: A Paradox in Higher Education” by Hadi Kateb
Third Place: “Free Speech: An Inextricable Part of Higher Education” by Mahishan Gnanaseharan
First Place: “**** **** ***** *****” by Kanitta Kulprathipanja
Second Place: “The Necessity of Debate” by Isabella Penola
Third Place: “Free Speech: The Cornerstone of Civic Empowerment” by Justin Hunsaker
Third Place: “Untitled” by James D.E. Ellwanger
Third Place: “College and University Censorship of Student Speech Undermines America’s Future” by Emily Cox
First Place:“The Audacity of Independent Thought” by Mark Gimelstein
Second Place:“What Can I Say?: Free Speech on College Campuses” by Nora Faris
Third Place:“Free Speech’s Importance on Campus” by Alexandra Crum
Third Place:“Censorship is Not Education” by Hannah Dent
Third Place:“Education as Conversation” by Asheshananda Rambachan
Drawing Winners: Clayton Hammonds, Jr; Minhi Kang; Hannah Rasmussen; and Brian Shouse.
First Place:“Civil Liberties in Academia” by Vincent Kelley
Second Place:“That We May Think What We Like—Or Not At All” by Rachel Anderson
Runner Up:“The Right to a Free Mind” by Matthew Abel
Runner Up:“Freedom of Speech: The Basis for Higher Education” by Katherine Gerton
Runner Up:“Free Speech is Integral to Higher Education” by Blaire Landon
Runner Up:“Freedom of Speech on College Campuses” by Michael Munther
Runner Up:“Keeping the Marketplace of Ideas Open in Schools” by Zachary Trama
First Place: “Freedoms and Education,” by Kristen Kelly Lemaster
Second Place: “Freedom of Expression in Higher Education,” by Mollyanne Gibson
Runner Up: “A Uniform Graduating Class,” by Abigail Averil
Runner Up: “Tolerating Intellectual Free Will,” by Zach Beims
Runner Up: “Oppression of Innovation,” by Miriam Leigh Creach
Runner Up: “Tyranny vs. Progress,” by Adam Spangler
Runner Up: “Wanted: Free Speech on American Campuses,” by Jackson Wilson
First Place: “Educational Institutions or Re-education Camps?” by Nathaniel Cornelius
Second Place (Tie): “In Clear and Present Danger: The State of Personal Liberty in America’s Universities,” by Andrew David King
Second Place (Tie): “Losing the Marketplace of Ideas,” by Eric Podolsky
Runner Up: “Higher Education-or Total Indoctrination?” by Rachel Helmstetter
Runner Up: “The Lighting of a Fire,” by Erin Kahn
Runner Up: “Say What We Say…Think What We Think,” by Rachel Ochoa
Runner Up: “The Freedom of All Freedoms,” by Morgan Turner
Runner Up: “On the Consequences of Oppressing Free Speech,” by Danielle Wogulis
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They will likely want to use the winning creative writing entry as part of their advertising, so make sure you are giving them a good fit.