High School Essay Contest: 1st Place

This semester, the Buckley Program held a high school essay contest with the topic: If you could propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be? The following essay by Andrej Elez, a sophomore at Montgomery High School, won 1st place.  Although the country is dealing with hurricane relief, gun control, and health care... Continue Reading →

High School Essay Contest: 2nd Place

This semester, the Buckley Program held a high school essay contest with the topic: If you could propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be? The following essay by Holden Whaley, a freshman at Xavier High, won 2nd place.  The Change I Hope to See To have a fair democracy every vote needs to... Continue Reading →

High School Essay Contest: 3rd Place

This semester, the Buckley Program held a high school essay contest with the topic: If you could propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be? The following essay by James Heavey, a junior at Greenwich High, won 3rd place.  AMENDMENT XXVIII: Sec. 1  The length of a term in the House of Representatives... Continue Reading →

Buckley College Essay Contest: 3rd Place Winner

This semester, the Buckley Program held a college essay contest with the topic: If you could propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be? The following essay by Abhay Rangray, a sophomore in Benjamin Franklin College, won 3rd place.  Many justifications for changing the constitution have been used; two are particularly important. To... Continue Reading →

Fall 2016 Yale College Essay Contest 3rd Place: “Where is the American Political System Heading After 2016 and why?”by William Merrill ES ’19

The tension between populist and establishment politics has been a recurrent theme in the 2016 election. During the primaries, both Democratic and Republican candidates gained a following by arguing that the mainstream parties’ positions of the last decade do not coherently represent the interests and values of most Americans. After highlighting rising socioeconomic inequality, Bernie... Continue Reading →

Fall 2016 Yale College Essay Contest 2nd Place: “Populism: the Tsunami that Crashed the Party (System)” by Cameron Koffman DC ’19

The 2016 Election has thrown a wrench in the American political party system like no other election of our generation. The election has been the expression of a movement that most threatens the stability of our political landscape: the movement of anti-establishment populism. On the right, a Donald Trump insurgency has exploded the previous Republican... Continue Reading →

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