Maisie Munroe (Florida) – Best Middle School Song
Maisie is a twelve-year-old homeschool student who lives on a small cattle ranch in Florida. Maisie enjoys singing, playing guitar, making art, and horseback riding when she is not studying. She is involved with the local 4-H club and will show a steer at next year’s county fair. Maisie has won first place for two years at the Florida Parent Educators’ Sacred Music Contest held every year in Orlando. She regularly sings at Church. Maisie has a unique sound that makes her very popular. Maisie wants to study entomology in college and work as an insect expert for a creation apologetics organization. Living in Florida on a ranch, she certainly has access to a wide variety of insects.
Jalen Hill, Brittani Richards, & Kamryn Dukes (Oklahoma) – Best High School Song
My name is Jalen Hill and I am 17 years old. I live in Oklahoma City, and attend Destiny Christian School as a Junior. My favorite subjects currently are sign language and government. I love getting to know more about how our country works, and trying to find ways to improve it. I love getting to help people whenever I can. Before attending Destiny, I was in the marching band at Moore High School. I played flute and piccolo. After switching schools, I started playing the flute for the orchestra at my church, but I had to give it up when they started remodeling. After high school I plan to attend college in Oklahoma.
My name is Brittani Richards, I’m 16 years old and a junior at Destiny Christian School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I’m on the Varsity cheerleading squad and softball team. In my free time I enjoy playing the guitar and learning about history and seeing how much it has changed throughout the years. I am learning how to speak Spanish and French. I am very active in my church Unity Christian Center where I am a praise dancer and I run the audio visuals and sounds system.
My name is Kamryn Dukes, I’m 17 years old. I am a junior at Destiny Christian School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. My favorite subjects are drama and choir. In the future my plan is to go to college to become a lawyer. I want to study to be a prosecuting lawyer and eventually open my very own law firm. My hobbies include songwriting and singing. I am currently singing on the praise and worship team at school, and also in my school choir. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I was so excited to learn that our team won the contest for our category! It was extremely fun being able to blend music with our classwork. Thank you for giving me the
opportunity to express myself through songwriting and singing!
Colt Jaxon (Florida) – Honorable Mention High School Song
Colt is a 17-year-old homeschool student living on a small cattle ranch in Florida. When he is not studying, Colt enjoys making Lego displays for local Lego exhibitions, including the Florida State Fair. Colt has been the worship leader for his youth group, where he sang and played guitar on Wednesday nights and for a children’s youth program on Saturday evenings. Colt now plays on his Church-wide worship team. He grew up in Creation Happened’s creation apologetics ministry (creationhappened.org). Colt has interviewed scientists in the creation apologetics field all over the country. For example, he was present at the opening of the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, where he, at ten years old, interviewed Ken Ham about the attraction.
Additionally, this young man volunteers to help scientist and renowned speaker Dr. Jason Lisle, the Biblical Science Institute founder. Colt has traveled extensively, including in the United States, Central and South America, and Europe. Colt is involved with Turning Point USA, where he serves as a local high school chapter president. Colt has written dozens of songs and hopes to release an album.
Victoria Anyiam (Pennsylvania) – Best College Song
Hi, my name is Victoria Anyiam. I am a sophomore college student at the Community College of Philadelphia. I love to dance, sing, and play sports. I have done sports collegiately at my previous school, Penn State Brandywine, running for the cross country team. I also did track and field at my alma mater high school, Cardinal O’Hara, located in Springfield. I currently am pursuing Health Care Management and look to excel in numerous areas throughout my career, including in my passions of sports and the arts, singing and dancing. My goal ultimately is to give back and show love to others. I am also a Christian and I give God the credit for all my successes. I try to tie my Christianity into everything, showing who God is to others in whatever way I can.
Best STEM Winner
Wyatt Powers (Texas) – Best Middle School STEM
Hi, I’m Wyatt Powers, a 6th grader at a Christian school in Texas. I love to do lots of things like drawing, reading, drama, speech & debate, and learning history. When I’m not inside doing those things, I’m outside doing something else. I run cross country and am on swim, basketball, and football teams.
I became interested in history when I got a book about the presidents when I was about 4, and subsequently memorized them when I turned 5. After that, I would read about history, watch history themed movies, listen to audiobooks and do all I could to study up on the subject. All that to say, I LOVE history.
This bio wouldn’t be complete without me talking about Jesus. He came into my life when I was in kindergarten, and we’ve been best friends since. My faith has been encouraged by going to a Christian school.
When I go to college, I would like to double major in Pre-law (If offered) and American History, with a minor in political science. After that, I want to go to law school and become a lawyer. With the law experience, I will be ready to run for public office. My highest aspiration is to become President of the United States and have a PhD in History/Political Sciences.
I would like to thank my science teacher who made entering this contest a test grade so we would try our hardest. I’d also like to thank Jesus, Constituting America, and my parents for helping me out. God bless the USA.
Best Short Film Winner
Steph Jackman (Idaho) – Best College Short Film
Steph comes from a background in higher education and education administration. She earned her BS in Recreation Management from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, and an MA degree in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Instructional Design and Technology at Idaho State University.
Steph works for the Quantic School of Business and Technology, an online MBA program based in Washington, DC. As a Training Coordinator and Admin Lead, she provides training, administrative, and operational support to the Admissions Team, and oversees the administrative needs of select business-to-business products and services with the Valar Leadership Accelerator program.
Steph loves to learn how people learn and enjoys designing training for new hires and ongoing education for seasoned employees. She hopes to pursue a career in corporate training after she graduates from ISU. Steph lives in Idaho Falls with her husband, son, and two doggos.
Best PSA Winners
Honor Cassidy & Anna Grace Hollifield (Georgia) – Best Middle School PSA
My name is Honor Cassidy and I am a Seventh Grader at Rainey McCullers School of the Arts down in Columbus Georgia. I have a passion for music, singing, and acting. I have been in multiple plays throughout my life, and many events with chorus and theatre. I learned about the We The Future contest with my school. My teacher mentioned it, and my friend and I decided to film something for it. We were just doing it for fun, and to re-fresh us on this topic of history. We had a great time and are very excited for our trip to Washington DC!
My name is Anna Grace Hollifeld. I am in the 7th grade at Rainey MuCullers School of the Arts. This year, I have participated in 3 plays at my school as well as one at Springer Opera House, where I also do Summer Academy. I enjoy acting and attending productions. I like spending most of my time reading, spending time with family, and doing school! I entered this contest as I was learning more about the Constitution and America and I had a lot of fun doing it!
Carson Collins (Texas) – Best High School PSA
Carson is a 16-year-old homeschooled sophomore from Austin, Texas and a dual-credit student at Austin Community College. He is a nationally competitive rower, racing in regattas across the country. In fact, Carson and his teammate are the current US Rowing Junior National champions in the Men’s U17 Double. When he is not rowing, Carson enjoys documentary filmmaking, debate, and chess. This past year, Carson accomplished one of his goals of battling the ferocious-looking sotol plant and completing a 50K ultra-marathon through the Texas Hill Country.
Jayden Mann (Oklahoma) – Best High School PSA
My name is Jayden Mann, I’m 16 years old from Midwest City Oklahoma. I attend Destiny Christian High School as a Junior. History has always fascinated and intrigued me. I participate in art and drama. Some of the plays I’ve acted in are Godspell, The One Act Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan and many more. During my free time you can catch me listening to music, reading, or playing with my dogs, Scooby and Chalula. I am passionate about what is going on in America and pray to make a difference in our future.
Best Essay Winners
Steven Jiang (Illinois) – Best Middle School Essay
I am Steven Jiang, an 8th grader at Whitney Young Academic Center in Chicago, IL. I have many hobbies, including drawing, playing soccer, and learning new things. Usually, in my spare time, I browse through online courses to learn subjects such as biology, computer programming, and world history. Each month, I try to focus on a particular area to learn more about.
At school, I participate in many extracurricular activities including Math Team, Science Olympiad, Business Professionals of America, the school newspaper, and more. I also enjoy running on both the cross country and track teams for Whitney Young, and I especially enjoy the 1.5 mile and 800m events.
My interest in the humanities, particularly US history, began when I memorized all the Presidents in third grade. Since then, I have participated twice in National History Day, becoming a National Finalist one year and placing first place nationally last year. In addition, I was a semi-finalist in the National History Bee.
To me, analytical writing is a very meticulous process that requires extensive thought beforehand. I only choose to write about topics that are complex and open to debate. In light of recent world events and my own research into the subject, I feel like I have a lot to express regarding the role of our political system in society.
I would like to thank Constituting America for giving me this unique opportunity and for promoting civic education in schools across America.
Alexis Coffey (Arizona) – Best High School Essay
Alexis is a 17 year old high school senior from Chandler, Arizona. She splits her time between Arizona College Prep High School and the East Valley Institute of Technology Radio/Audio Production Program. You can hear her on the local radio station 88.7 the Pulse. In her free time, Alexis loves to play guitar and bass. She also enjoys crocheting, knitting and baking. She has always been an active part of her community. She is a member of the same Girl Scout troop that she joined in Kindergarten. She also completed over 100 service hours during high school and plans to continue volunteering throughout her college years. Alexis is a high achieving student who will begin attending the W.A. Franke Honors College at the University of Arizona in the fall 2023 semester where she plans to major in engineering.
Honorable Mention Lesson Plans
Aaron Toler (Oklahoma) – Honorable Mention Teacher Lesson Plan
Aaron Toler has been a Social Studies teacher in Oklahoma for over 15 years. During this time he has taught World History, U.S. History, Native American History, Military History, and Modern History. He has been awarded Middle School Teacher of the Year twice as well as District Teacher of the Year once. He holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Nazarene University and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012. His philosophy in his classroom is “Make History Fun.” He uses a number of different resources to teach his students about history. His Constituting America lesson “Little Jemmy is Missing” is an interactive escape room lesson where the students must find “Little Jemmy” a.k.a. James Madison and the missing Constitution. He also enjoys incorporating debates, songs, and skits to bring history to life for his students. His historical themed Valentines Day Cards were featured on “The Ellen” show to celebrate Presidents Day. You can see more of his resources on his website www.makehistory.fun and follow him on Social Media @MakeHistoryFun
Aaron and his wife Lauren (who is also a teacher) have three children Lila, Will, and Hayes.
Adam Clark & Christine Olsavsky (Texas) – Honorable Mention Teacher Lesson Plan
We believe in the importance of the ideals of our Constitution! Our aim is to design lessons that engage and empower middle through high school students. Through our diverse backgrounds, we are able to collaborate and curate dynamic educational experiences in Spring, Texas. In the words of President Teddy Roosevelt, “believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”