Oregon high school students can win $500 in an essay contest sponsored by the Oregon State Bar.Effective talking points against student drug-testing can be found on SSDP's website. If you are considering writing an essay, don't hesitate to contact SSDP's national office for help: call 202.293.4414 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This year's topic addresses a newly proposed random drug-testing policy at a fictional school district. Applicants are asked to write a persuasive essay arguing for or against the policy.
The Oregon State Bar will provide legal research materials, including an actual case from Oregon's Vernonia School District that went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995.
The contest topic, resource materials and rules are available through the Oregon State Bar's Web site at www.osbar.org or at the bar center, 5200 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. The phone number is (503) 620-0222.
Cash prizes also will be awarded to second- and third-place essays. All Oregon high school students are eligible. The deadline is April 28.
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