Fikrea Tesema, a junior at Decatur High, won first place in the First Amendment Essay Contest, sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Georgia Scholastic Press Association, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Cox Institute for Newspaper Management Studies.
She won $100 and the same amount went to her school magazine, Carpe Diem.
Here is her essay:
The First Amendment is arguably the most important amendment given to us by the Bill of Rights. This amendment gives us both the right and responsibility of displaying information. To people born in other countries, this right is rarely available and seldom exercised. That is why I viewed this amendment as a fundamental benefit of being an American.
The idea that everyone has the right to be aware of the things going on around him or her is the message of the American