NFA Students Wins National Essay Contest

NFA Students Wins National Essay Contest

An essay written by Caroline B. '24 was selected as the "Middle School" category winner of the 2023 American Freedom Essay Contest, a prominent, national writing contest.

By winning the Middle School category, Bender also won her classmates a free field trip with The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia. 

Bender's essay was entitled “Unshackling Faith: Exploring Religious Freedom in The United States." Read it below.

Religious freedom is a pillar of our society, allowing people to practice their religion without fear or persecution. Throughout history, countless people have sought refuge in America to escape religious oppression in their home country. Since 1992, America has admitted 2.8 million religiously affiliated people trying to leave and start a new life. From the Pilgrims in the 17th century to those fleeing the Taliban today, America has become a beacon of hope and a safe haven for those seeking religious freedom.

The United States of America was built on freedom, which was ultimately put into the Constitution. On December 15th, 1791, the First Amendment was officially ratified. This amendment guaranteed American Citizens certain rights, including Freedom of Religion, ensuring that people have the right to express their beliefs without worry. This protection has allowed people to come together and grow their culture, enriching America with their religion. In America, you can find mosques, temples, synagogues, and churches, where people come together to celebrate their beliefs.

Religious freedom is not simply a privilege, it's a right that needs to be protected. It allows people to find peace and security. By creating a style of religion that protects religious freedom, we have a society that values everybody, no matter their background. In conclusion, religious freedom is invaluable. Together, we can build a world where everyone is free to believe in anything. I believe that we can build it, and am happy that I have the freedom to do so.

Congratulations, Caroline!