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Article V Amendment 

High School Scholarship Competition


State Winner

and Recipient of the $1,000 Young Patriots Scholarship Award:

Hannah Sizenbach

Faith Academy, Marble Falls, Texas

Hannah's proposed amendment: Congress shall re-establish the balance of powers and reenforce the power of the people they represent. Congress may exercise the right to vote on any and all Executive agency regulations. Regulation changes must receive 2/3 vote of both chambers of Congress. Executive Branch funding shall not incur national debt.

2nd Place Winner

Alejandro Moreno

J. Frank Dobie High School, Houston Texas

Alejandro's proposed amendment: Reassert the rightful place of the executive branch regardless of the stewardship theory of the modern presidency. Abolish the already implied power of the executive branch to be able to have control of 15 federal departments. The executive branch will only have the power to appoint to the original 4 departments. Any other regulatory policies that would otherwise be enforced by the bureaucratic state are now left to the discretion of Congress.

3rd Place Winner

Aaron Marks

Faith Academy, Marble Falls, Texas

Aaron's proposed Amendment: The sixteenth article of amendment to the US Constitution is hereby repealed.

Judges:

Mikael Garcia Texas Public Policy Foundation

Paul Hodson Regional Director, Convention of States Project


Presentation of Awards:

Texas Representative Terry Wilson


State Finalists:

Courtney Burrows, Ashlyn Wilson, Cullen Schoppa, Hannah Sizenbach, Kali Faulkner, Alejandro Moreno, Aaron Marks

All competitors received a signed copy of the Governor Greg Abbott's book, Broken, but Unbowed, a copy of the US Constitution signed by US Senator Ted Cruz and a medal for advancement to the state final round of the competition at Faith Academy in Marble Falls, Texas. 

We wish to thank our competition coordinators and donors:

Organized by GW Bridge Academy

Hosted by Faith Academy, Marble Falls

Scholarship Donation coordinator Helping Hands Charitable, Inc.

Constitutions provided by National Center for Constitutional Studies

Signed Constitutions by US Senator Ted Cruz

Signed Broken, but Unbowed books donated by Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Official Website:

https://www.gwbridgeacademy.com/article-5-competition/

Contact:

Melanie Kriewaldt

GW Bridge Academy

mkriewaldt@gwbridgeacademy.com

512-541-9212


Watch the LIVE event of the Article V Competition State Final Round on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM:

Faith Academy’s Facebook LIVE

CLICK HERE: Faith Academy FaCEBOOK Page

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STATE FINAL ROUND

of the

Article V Amendment Scholarship Competition

October 26, 2018, 10:00AM @ Faith Academy in Marble Falls, Texas

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PRINT the state finalists’ proposed amendments


Proposed Amendments to be defended:

1. The Judicial Branch shall be given the power to declare any two people legally bound regardless of the people's religious affiliation. Additionally, all religious groups may define marriage in accordance with their individual beliefs. Therefore, giving religions the jurisdiction to define marriage individually, and this power will be withheld from the courts.

2. The English Language shall be the official language of the United States of America. All official documents will only be published in English. English shall be the official language used in all court proceedings.

3. No level, branch, committee, or body of the United States government shall undermine the basic role of a parent or guardian.

4. Congress shall re-establish the balance of powers and reenforce the power of the people they represent. Congress may exercise the right to vote on any and all Executive agency regulations. Regulation changes must receive 2/3 vote of both chambers of Congress. Executive Branch funding shall not incur national debt.

5. Section 1 of Amendment XIV is hereby repealed. American citizenship may only be granted to individuals born to two legal citizens or immigrants who have pledged naturalization and have validly obtained a Permanent Resident Card.

6. Reassert the rightful place of the executive branch regardless of the stewardship theory of the modern presidency. Abolish the already implied power of the executive branch to be able to have control of 15 federal departments. The executive branch will only have the power to appoint to the original 4 departments. Any other regulatory policies that would otherwise be enforced by the bureaucratic state are now left to the discretion of Congress.

7. The sixteenth article of amendment to the US Constitution is hereby repealed.

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GW Bridge Academy

presents the

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Article V Amendment

High School Scholarship Competition


11th and 12th grade Texas high school students from

public * charter * private * home

schools are eligible.


Scholarship Award

The Young Patriots Scholarship Fund managed by Helping Hands Charitable will award a

$1,000 scholarship

to the

1st Place Winner of the Final Round of competition.  

Any donations received before the Final Round will be used to increase the award and/or include 2nd and 3rd place scholarships.

DONATE TO YOUNG PATRIOTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND



Brainstorming...

Teacher Information Click Here

The purpose of this competition is to encourage young Americans to consider their ability to influence the outcome of their future in a constitutional republic.  You have a voice and you have the freedom to determine how your government will serve the nation.  This competition is designed to encourage you to propose an amendment to the US Constitution -one that you deem necessary to the preservation of the founding principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution

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For example, this directive can be interpreted to address the $21,000,000,000,000 (trillion) debt you are facing as a burgeoning workforce of the future. (US Debt Clock link)  This immense burden heaved upon you by the United States Congress is both unnecessary and irresponsible.  Your government should never have allowed this debt to threaten your future.

A second example is the disregard for the Rule of Law.  When a state passes a law to protect its residents and a single federal judge is allowed to decide that an entire state's decision is unconstitutional, this federal legal action creates a barrier between the will of the state and its ability to protect its residents.  This judicial over-reach threatens compliance with the Supremacy Clause of Article VI of the US Constitution and our federal immigration laws. (Sanctuary City ban in Texas threatened)

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If you are interested in making your voice heard by participating in the drafting of an amendment to the US Constitution and sharpening your own position on constitutional issues, please consider this competition your platform for freedom.  We are securing the participation of several highly-qualified individuals to serve on the Qualifying Panel and the Final Round panel of judges. 

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Suggested references for your research: 

Bill of Rights document -drafted by James Madison as the first amendments to the US Constitution

Article V Convention simulation proposed amendments

The Liberty Amendments, Chapter 1, Mark Levin

Texas Governor Abbott's Restoring the Rule of Law

Gregory Watson: student advocate for ratification of the 27th Amendment

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On Constitution Day 2018

Governor Abbott

explained How Article V can be used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Federalism case: Garcia vs. San Antonio Metro Transit Authority


For more direct contact, please email or call:

Melanie Kriewaldt

mkriewaldt@gwbridgeacademy.com

512-541-9212


Competition Dates and Location:

 

Submissions Deadline:

September 21, 2018  11:59 PM CST

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Finalists Contacted (no later than) October 12, 2018.

Final Round Event Date: October 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

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The Final Round will be held at: 

Faith Academy, 3151 E FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654

 

 

qualifying competitors:

Submissions are open to all Texas high school 11th and 12th grade students under the age of 20.  All competitors must be attending a Texas public, charter, private school or homeschool. 

JUDGES:

An independent panel will judge all rounds of competition.


Convention of States interview…

*14 minutes into the video

GW Bridge Academy’s Melanie Kriewaldt

and

Faith Academy’s Celia Merrill

explain how the Article V Amendment Scholarship Competition works.