Official Contest Rules for In the Constitution’s “Constitution Bee”
The Constitution Bee Contest (“Contest”) is designed to encourage eligible U.S. students (“Entrant” or “You”) to learn and understand the principles of freedom in the Constitution. The Contest will demonstrate how the Constitution applies to our everyday lives and utilizes word plays, analogies, activities and interactive games to instill the simple, yet powerful foundational principles of freedom that will remain with the students for the rest of their lives.
Please read these Official Rules before entering this Contest (“Contest”). THIS CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.
By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between You and In the Constitution with respect to the Contest. In the Constitution reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest in its sole discretion.
No purchase or donation is necessary to enter or win.
Sponsor: In the Constitution (“In the Constitution” or “Sponsor”) is organized and operated under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 105298 North US Highway 89, Etna, Wyoming 83118.
Eligibility: No purchase, payment or financial contribution is necessary to participate in the Contest and purchase, payment or financial contribution will not increase odds of winning. The Contest is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents (i.e., must be able to show proof of legal permanent residence) of the United States who are between the ages of 9 and 18 years of age as of January 1, 2016. Entrants who are under 18 years of age (or the age of majority under applicable law), must have obtained a parent’s or legal guardian’s prior permission. Minors who enter must have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to be eligible to receive any prizes, as described in these Rules. Contest is void outside of the United States, and where prohibited by law. Directors, officers, employees, and interns of Sponsor and any of its affiliated or related organizations, web masters and web suppliers, vendors, agents, professional advisors, consultants, contractors, fundraising counsel, and immediate families of each (parents, spouse, life partners, children or siblings, wherever they reside) and members of the households (whether related or not) are not eligible to win the prize.
Each Entrant is limited to a total of one (1) entry.
To be eligible to win a prize, entries must be completed and received by Sponsor as described in these Official Rules and as proscribed on the website and Entry form. Entries that do not include all required information or that fail to adhere to the Official Rules will be considered void and will not be eligible for consideration in this Contest. No entries other than those submitted in compliance with these Official Rules will be accepted. Sponsor retains the ultimate decision, in its sole discretion, as to which Entrants are eligible and Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or reject any entries for any reason or for no reason. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that term.
By submitting an entry, Entrant agrees to these Official Rules, which are final and binding in all respects, and further agrees not to sue or assert any claim against Sponsor in connection with the Contest; provided, that if applicable law prohibits such a covenant, release or waiver of claims, Entrant hereby waives the right to seek or accept damages in any proceeding and to reimburse Sponsor for any and all expenses or costs associated with such claim (including attorneys’ fees, court costs and the amount of any judgment or settlement).
Prizes: There will be 15 winners total, with 3 winners per age bracket:
Age First Place Second Place Third Place
9 – 10 years $500 $300 $200
11 – 12 years $500 $300 $200
13 – 14 years $1,000 $750 $500
15 – 16 years $1,000 $750 $500
17 – 18 years $2,000 $1,000 $750
No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for prizes is allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Each Entrant is limited to a total of one (1) prize per person. Each Entrant and a parent or guardian (if the Entrant is a minor) must agree to abide by these Rules, and all Contest Winners and their parents/legal guardians are required to sign a release and affidavit.
The time of the prize distribution will be provided to the Winners in the prize acceptance documents. All prizes awarded to minors will be paid in the name of the parent or legal guardian for the benefit of the child.
Except as specifically provided herein, the prizes do not include taxes or any other item not specifically described in these Official Rules, and all expenses for any of the foregoing are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner, the first, second, or third place prizes may not be awarded in any or all age brackets. Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer and may not be separated. The prizes may not be transferred or assigned except by Sponsor. Only the listed prizes will be awarded and no substitutions, cash equivalents or redemptions will be made, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value in the event that the advertised prize (or any component thereof) is not available or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. Reporting and payment of all applicable taxes, fees, and/or surcharges, if any, arising out of, or resulting from, acceptance or use of prizes, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Sponsor has not made and is not responsible in any manner for any warranties, representations, or guarantees, express or implied, in fact or law, relating to the prize, regarding the use of the prize, the value or enjoyment of the prize, including, without limitation, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. Sponsor expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for injury or loss to any person or property relating to the delivery and/or subsequent use of the prizes awarded. Sponsor makes no representations or warranties concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations apply. Sponsor will not be liable for or replace any lost or stolen prize items.
All expenses associated with the prizes not specifically specified in these rules are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winner is responsible for any taxes including all Federal, State and Local taxes, if any, as well as any other taxes payable due to acceptance of the prize. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entrants. If required, the winner is responsible for providing a Social Security Number and other necessary information to Sponsor for the purpose of filing a Form W-9 and Form 1099G with the Internal Revenue Service. The prize may be includable in the winner’s gross income. Awards of prizes to the potential winners are subject to the express requirement that they submit to the Sponsor all documentation requested by Sponsor to permit it to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local tax reporting. All prizes will be net of any taxes Sponsor is required by law to withhold. To the extent permitted by law, all taxes imposed on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. In order to receive a prize, the potential winner must submit tax documentation requested by Sponsor or otherwise required by applicable law, to Sponsor or a representative for Sponsor or the relevant tax authority, all as determined by applicable law. The potential winners, their parents or legal guardians, are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select an alternate potential winner.
Time: The Contest begins on April 18, 2016 12:01 a.m. MST and ends at 11:59 p.m. MST on April 23, 2016 (“Contest Period”). The winners will be determined on or before June 1, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted. All dates are subject to change.
To Enter: Participants must enter as follows:
(1) Individuals who are between the ages of 9 and 18 must submit a completed Entry Form with a parent’s or legal guardian’s consent during the Contest period. No contribution is necessary to enter. The Contest will be an online test and will be made available for an entire week. Each Entrant may access it only once during this week. The online test will be timed. Sponsor accepts no responsibility for submissions and/or Entry Forms lost or delayed, however caused.
(2) Once the individual submits a completed Entry Form, he or she may prepare for the Contest by viewing the 6-part video series entitled, “Five Clauses Everyone Should Know”, which serves as the study guide for the Contest. A digital download of the series is free upon submitting an Entry Form. Questions during the online Contest will be drawn directly from the content of the video series study guide and the accompanying quizzes, bonus questions, and the practice Constitution Bee. It is not required to view the free video series in order to take part in the Contest.
(3) Before participating in the Contest, each Entrant must agree to a statement of honesty declaring that they are the one taking the Bee and that they aren’t using notes or answer keys or receiving help from other people.
(4) As part of the timed Bee, the Entrant must submit one or more essays in English, consistent with the instructions given for each essay. Once submitted, an essay is final and may not be altered or edited further.
(5) No entry will be considered that does not upload successfully or which fails to submit any of the required forms or complete the timed Bee.
(6) Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of Entrant.
(7) Failure to submit all required information in the manner required in these Official Rules and/or any entry form may result in disqualification. Proof of online entry will not be deemed to be proof of receipt of entry by Sponsor. All entrants and entries are subject to verification by the Sponsor.
All submissions must be original and created by the Entrant. Essays must not incorporate or include anything that violates any law of the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or any other right of any third party. Any entry that does not satisfy all requirements of these Official Rules will be disqualified. Submissions cannot contain any third party copyrighted material, profanity, offensive language, nudity, pornographic or defamatory content, direct attacks on individuals or organizations, commercial appeals or other objectionable, inappropriate, or irrelevant content, the determination of which is solely in the discretion of Sponsor. No entry or its content may violate privacy, publicity or other rights of any person, firm or entity, may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations, and may not contain any copyrighted works, or constitute trademark or patent infringement (other than as owned by the Entrant), in each case, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry it deems to be not in keeping with the Sponsor’s image or that is profane, offensive, pornographic, defamatory, and/or inappropriate in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor retains the ultimate decision, in its sole discretion, as to which Entrants are eligible. In the case of any dispute, Sponsor’s decision shall be final.
Sponsor is not responsible for any technical, computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, or availability, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, corrupted, garbled, jumbled, lost, stolen, misdirected, non-delivered or delayed electronic communications, whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with, or utilized in entering or conducting the Contest, or by any human error which may occur in the transmission or processing of the entries in this Contest. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for service provider/internet/website/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, Entry, or other information, or the failure to capture any such Entry or information. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for damage caused by computer virus or otherwise, to any computer resulting from Entrant’s participation in the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest and assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access. Sponsor is not liable for unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process, printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest; the uploading, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prize or in any related materials; late, lost, misdirected, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or receipt or use or misuse of Prize awarded; or any typographical or other error in the printing of these Official Rules or any materials associated with the administration of the Contest or the announcement of the Prize. All Internet access and usage charges are the responsibility of the entrant. Sponsor is not responsible for, and hereby disclaims, any injury or damage to any Entrant’s or any other person’s computer or phone related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or reject any entries for any reason. Examples of reasons why Sponsor may reject entries include, but are not limited to, any entry which Sponsor deems (in its sole discretion) to be inappropriate; any part of any entry, which Sponsor deems (in its sole discretion) not desirous for association with Sponsor; and any failure to submit an Entry Form or other requested form or information. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, remove, delete and/or disqualify any entries or any Entrant deemed to be inappropriate, ineligible or otherwise non-compliant.
Regarding the Entry and Entry Form, the Entrant represents and warrants that (a) the Entry Form is truthful and accurate in all respects, (b) the Essay does not violate any law, regulation or any right of any third party, including but not limited to rights of copyright, trademark, patent, publicity or privacy or portrayal in false light, and does not contain material which is defamatory, slanderous, threatening, inflammatory, or libelous, or has been plagiarized, (c) he or she has obtained all of the rights, licenses and permissions in writing from any person for any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties prior to the submission of the Essay, and (d) each Entrant understands that his/her Essay and Entry Form must comply with all of these conditions in all respects.
Winner Selection: Each question and essay in the Contest will be timed so that only those who have studied and understand and can apply the principles will be able to do well on the Bee. Questions will be randomized and only one question at a time will be viewable. Entrants will not be able to revisit questions or essays after they have been submitted.
Winners will be those in each age bracket with the three (3) highest point totals. The point total is comprised of the number of correct answers to the questions plus the number of points received from the essay(s). Entrants who don’t answer a question within the allotted amount of time will receive no points for that question. All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding. Sponsor reserves the right to conclude the Contest without selecting one or more winners.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate each essay:
Does the essay clearly, effectively and compellingly discuss the topic and incorporate material from the downloaded study guide? Does the essay do so within the word limit?
Entries must creatively incorporate their message into their Submissions. Creativity can be conveyed through many means.
The creativity of each essay will be judged in terms of:
• Whether and to what extent the essay grabs the reader’s attention in a unique and memorable way
• Whether and to what extent the essay is relatable, relevant and memorable
• Whether and to what extent the essay utilizes elements that are original and conveys the principles of the Constitution.
c) Quality of essay
Essays provided in an unapproved format will not be considered.
The quality of each essay will be judged in terms of:
• Whether the essay contains grammatical or spelling mistakes.
• Whether the essay exhibits competency and fluency in persuasive writing.
d) Timed Bee
Each Entrant will be given a stated amount of time to complete each essay. If time elapses prior to submitting an essay, points will not be awarded for that essay.
In the event of a tie, the Winner will be the Entrant with the highest point total on the essay(s). In the event of a tie score on the total essay points, the Sponsor will look to subsection (a) above and select the essay that most satisfies the mission criteria. In the event there are not enough eligible entries, not all prizes will be awarded. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding.
Should a winner choose not to accept the prize, if winner fails to return the winner affidavit and release materials, or if two (2) attempts to contact winner by phone and/or email are not successful, or if prize is not otherwise claimed, there is no cash option and the prize is forfeited. Sponsor may require winner to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. The prize is not transferable or assignable and may not be redeemed or exchanged for cash or other alternative goods or services, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for the prize or any part of it. A forfeited prize may be awarded to an alternative winner. These Rules apply to all participants. Sponsor shall make all determinations as to whether the Rules have been met and the decision of the Sponsor is final.
The winners will be notified by telephone and/or other means within fourteen (14) days of the winners being announced. To claim the prize, the winner should follow the instructions and comply with the conditions contained in the notification. The winner shall have fourteen (14) days after being notified to respond or forfeit the prize. Award of the prize will be made upon written acknowledgement of, and full compliance with, the requirements listed herein, including but not limited to, execution of an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability, and tax-related documents, as well as any other legal, tax or regulatory documents required by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Winners must satisfy all eligibility requirements before he or she may be awarded the prize. In the event the potential winner is a minor, his or her parent or legal guardian must sign the documents and return them as described herein. For the name of the winners, send a properly stamped self-addressed envelope, to be received after June 30, 2016, to 105298 North US Highway 89, Etna, Wyoming 83118. Vermont residents may omit return postage.
Intellectual Property: Except where prohibited by law, by submitting the Entry and application each Entrant grants permission to post his/her name, and the Entry on the website for purposes of the Contest and further grants to Sponsor the unconditional, unlimited, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, transferable right to publish, display, broadcast, reproduce, use, sublicense (through multiple tiers), adapt, edit and/or modify, and create derivative works from, any such Contest materials and essay, and Entrant’s name, in any way, in any and all media whether now or hereafter known, without limitation and for any purpose (including commercial purposes, advertising, publicity, fundraising, promotion and sales), and without consideration to the Entrant and without further consent, compensation or approval, whether or not such contest materials are selected as a winning entry, along with the right of attribution. Each Entrant warrants and represents that he/she has obtained in writing all rights, approvals, releases and/or consents necessary to submit the Essay and Entry Form, and grant the stated permission to post the Essay (for example, the rights of publicity of persons other than the Entrant). Entries are not guaranteed to appear in any communication of Sponsor and Sponsor shall not incur any liability to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from using such information or Entry. Entrants that do not include all required information or that fail to adhere to the Official Rules will be considered void and will not be eligible for consideration in this Contest.
Entries and other submitted material become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting an entry you give permission to Sponsor to use the name and comments of anyone whose name or comments are included in the Essay. Sponsor is not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any entry. Except as prohibited by law, the Winner agrees to sign a liability/publicity release.
Except where prohibited by law, entry submission grants Sponsor the right in perpetuity to edit, adjust, modify, abridge, condense, and/or excerpt your Essay and/or comments in any way, in any and all media without limitation, without compensation, and/or without notification to entrant or any third party included in the Essay. The publication and/or other public use of your Essay or a portion of your Essay does not indicate that it is a winning entry in the Contest.
Except where prohibited by law, in accepting the prize, the winner consents to having his/her name, photograph and Essay published and used in a variety of media, including, but not limited to exhibits, advertising publications, the World Wide Web, marketing materials, publicity, promotion, editorial or illustration or for any other purpose that Sponsor deems appropriate, without compensation. The Winner further grants to Sponsor the unconditional, unlimited, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, transferable right to publish, display, broadcast, reproduce, use, sublicense (through multiple tiers), adapt, edit and/or modify, and create derivative works from, Winner’s name, biographical information and photograph, and Essay entry in any and all media whether now or hereafter known, without limitation and for any purpose (including commercial purposes, advertising, publicity, fundraising, promotion and sales), and without consideration to the Winner and without further consent, compensation or approval. Winners are not guaranteed to appear in any communication of Sponsor and Sponsor shall not incur any liability to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from using such information.
Contest Disclaimers and Indemnification: In the event that the operation or administration of the Contest is impaired or prevented in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, change of condition, or other technical problems, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) terminate the Contest; (b) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner in its sole discretion; and/or (c) substitute other prizes for any prize set forth in these Official Rules that becomes unavailable for any reason. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process, or the operation of the Contest or acting in violation of these Rules.
If for any reason, the Contest cannot be conducted as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.
By participation in the Contest and acceptance of the prize, winner agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and all other companies associated with the Contest, harmless from any and all liabilities, for loss, harm, damage, injury, property damage, violations of rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light (whether intentional or unintentional), personal injury and/or death, costs, or expense whatsoever (including without limitation actual attorneys’ fees and related costs) including, but not limited to, claims against Sponsor in connection with the Contest or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use the prize; income tax; property damage, personal injury and/or death, which may occur directly or indirectly in connection with, preparation for, or participation in the Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or in the Contest itself, and any travel related thereto, the negligence, intentional misconduct or illegal actions of Entrant, as well as any actions or omissions of Entrant resulting in or giving rise to, in whole or in part, any injuries or damages to person (including death or property), any use of such Entrant’s Contest materials by the Sponsor, or exercise of any other rights granted to the Sponsors by such Entrant, including such rights granted pursuant to these Official Program Rules and Regulations, any claim that the Entry, application or other Contest materials supplied by Entrant infringes upon the rights of any third party, the actual or alleged breach of any representation or warranty made by Entrant, including those contained in these Official Program Rules and Regulations, and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy, as well as any actions or omissions of Entrant resulting in or giving rise to, in whole or in part, any injuries or damages to person (including death or property). If applicable law prohibits such a covenant, release or waiver of claims, winner hereby waives the right to seek or accept damages in any proceeding and to reimburse Sponsor for any and all expenses or costs associated with such claim (including attorneys’ fees, court costs and the amount of any judgment or settlement). By entering and/or participating in this Contest, Entrant agrees that any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to, and the maximum aggregate liability of the Sponsor to any Entrant or third party shall be limited to, the lesser of Entrant’s actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest in accordance with the Official Rules, but in no event attorneys’ fees, and Five Hundred Dollars ($500), and under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
By entering and/or participating in this Contest, Entrant agrees that this Contest is governed by the laws of the State of Wyoming, and any and all claims, disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action and without use of a jury (Entrant hereby waives any right to a jury trial) in the federal or state courts located in the State of Wyoming. By entering and/or participating in this Contest, Entrant signifies his/her knowledge of and agreement to be bound by the most current version of these Official Rules. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrant, shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of Wyoming without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law in any jurisdiction.
IN NO EVENT WILL THE SPONSOR BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM, UPLOADING TO, AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREOING, EVERYTHING ON THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED “AS-IS, WHERE-IS, WITH ALL FAULTS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CINLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND WITH NO GUARANTEE THAT THE WEBSITE WILL BE ERROR FREE OR THAT ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW OR MAY LIMIT THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR OTHER PERSON TO DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH SPONSOR OR ITS AGENTS OR UNDERMING THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.