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2023 High School Essay Contest - Tampa | Essay Prompt

This is the logo for the 2023 High School Essay Contest - Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.


Two-hundred and fifty years ago, American colonists, upset that Britain was imposing "taxation without representation," engaged in an act of defiance by dumping 342 chests of tea into the water. The event, which was a major catalyst for the American Revolution, was later dubbed "the Boston Tea Party." The concept of "no taxation without representation" eventually led to the democratic form of government that is embodied in the United States Constitution.

While the literal concept of "taxation" may not directly apply to you, the concept of "being governed without a say" may resonate. Provide and explain a personal example in which the concept of "governance without a say" has some applicability to your life, either at home, at school, or in your community. Point to language in the Constitution, including its amendments, that best represents how our system of government is structured to fulfill the "promise" of "no taxation without representation"—or "no governance without a say"—and analyze that language in the context of the personal example you identify.