Summit junior Graham Nicholson will advance to state competition following his first place win for his paper "Unconstitutional Use of the Commerce Clause" at Cincinnati chapter of the George S. & Stella Knight essay contest. First runner-up for the award is junior Will Yagodich for his paper "The Evolution of American Federalism."
The contest is administered by the Sons of the American Revolution, a national historic and educational society, which gives students between grades 9-12 the opportunity to develop a short research paper on topics that have fashioned American history. Rules of the contest state that the subject matter must address an event, person or philosophy surrounding the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or the framing of the United States Constitution.
Summit students were assigned the subject “The Constitution as a living document” as part of their Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class, taught by social studies teacher Jerry Hilton. “Graham's ability to synthesize the writings of the framers, specifically Madison, and modern Supreme Court cases demonstrates a deep understanding of the Constitution, how it empowers the federal government and the role of the courts in checking these powers. Will put the early republic’s debates between Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall into a modern context by looking at the relationship between the state and federal governments.
Graham’s first place achievement comes with a $500 scholarship prize and a recognition dinner.