Peer Pressure

By Mark Dove, May 19, 2010 12:58 pm

The 2010 Art and Essay Competition has ended. You can view results for the Art Competition here. The following essay was submitted by Grace Kudzma and was the $100 First Place Winner for grades seven and eight. This year’s theme was, “Writer’s Choice of Any Political, Economic, Theological, or Social Issue.”

Grace Kudzma
2010 Essay Competition
$100 First Place Winner
Category 3 – Grades 7 & 8

Peer Pressure

All teens experience peer pressure and no matter what if they succumb to it, it always affects them negatively. Teens are pressured to fit in with the crowd or be just like the popular kids. Peer pressure compromises individuals’ bodies. The Bible says, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Teenagers do not always know this. Usually when they start making these bad choices they do not think of the repercussions; this pressure is particularly hard for girls.
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Is America Still Blessed?

By Mark Dove, May 19, 2010 12:50 pm

The 2010 Art and Essay Competition has ended. You can view results for the Art Competition here. The following essay was submitted by Melissa Rainer and was the $100 First Place Winner for grades nine and ten. This year’s theme was, “Writer’s Choice of Any Political, Economic, Theological, or Social Issue.”

Melissa Rainer
2010 Essay Competition
$100 First Place Winner
Category 2 – Grades 9 & 10

Is America Still Blessed?

“America, America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea”. Written in 1893, “America the Beautiful” claims that God has blessed America. Sadly, our nation has separated from God with repeated acts of sin. Crushed with this knowledge, I turn to my audience and ask: Is America still a blessed nation?

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Hate Crime Laws

By Mark Dove, May 19, 2010 10:59 am

The 2010 Art and Essay Competition has ended. You can view results for the Art Competition here.  The following essay was submitted by Andrew Rainer and was the $300 Grand Prize Winner. This year’s theme was, “Writer’s Choice of Any Political, Economic, Theological, or Social Issue.”

Andrew Rainer
2010 Essay Competition
$300 Grand Prize Winner
Category 1 – Grades 11 & 12

Hate Crime Laws: Extra Protection or an Infringement on our Liberties?

On October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act, calling the Act a step to “help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray”.1 The Hate Crime Prevention Act provides additional funding to our local authorities to help prosecute crimes that are “motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim”.2 The wording of this law is dangerous to the American people, threatening our freedom to speak, our freedom to be equal, and our freedom to worship God. In this essay, you will hear some shocking information on how the Hate Crime Act disregards our Constitution, erodes our personal liberties, and creates an elite segment of the population. I will also show you examples from other countries that show the evolution and danger of these laws in action.

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Capital Punishment: What is Your Decision?

By Mark Dove, May 7, 2010 9:07 am

We periodically add a post that was originally  published elsewhere. We do this because we are hopeful they will be of interest or beneficial to many. The following article was a past CLASS Essay Competition winner.

Joel Morris
Grade 11
2002 Essay Competition
$300 Grand Prize Winner

Capital Punishment: What is Your Decision?

When each of us hears the words “capital punishment” or “death penalty,” we have an immediate reaction. Either we respond by not understanding how anyone could support such an inhumane, heinous act; or else we wish people would realize it is a method of punishment necessary for establishing justice in our society. There really is little gray area; most everyone has made their decision on this issue. I would simply like to present facts so that everyone might make a soundly based decision in light of God’s Word.

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