By Brian Ryman, Vice Chair
Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance
On Tuesday, May 15th, the Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance held its inaugural Brushfire of Freedom Award dinner for best essay on a liberty-based theme. In addition to the dinner, the award recipient received a medallion created especially for this event and a cashier’s check for $1000. The VVLA plans to make this an annual event to promote and encourage scholarship among high school students in the High Desert region of Southern California.
This year’s contest winner is Enrique Arcilla of Granite Hills High School for his essay, “Overreach, the Constitution, and Theft of Legislative Power: Tyranny Sprouts Anew.“ The essay question was “Has the U.S. Constitution been successful in restraining federal government overreach?” Enrique’s essay was judged to be the best of 26 excellent submissions.
Enrique Arcilla is no stranger to essay competitions. Two years ago, at the age of 15, he won a contest sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency and has participated in several others since. He says that competing in essay contests has caused him to delve into topics and gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding them. He plans to continue this inquisitive approach as he embarks upon studies in international development and economics at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, next year. His winning essay is posted on the Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance Facebook page.
The Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance is an activist group who seeks to better the lives of people with a combination of political education and positive community action. It has taken as its mission the advancement of personal liberty through voluntary individual action as well as political means. In addition to the annual essay contest, they will be hosting desert cleanup activities where volunteers get together to pick up trash left in our desert community.
Because it seeks to increase and broaden the scope of its activities – as well as expand its scholarship to more students, the Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance is exploring the idea of shared corporate sponsorship for future events and drives. Please contact them at: VVLibertarianAlliance.com or SBCLP.org if you would like to support these endeavors in your community.
The VVLA encourages you to become a part of positive change. They meet the third Tuesday of every month for dinner and business. The meeting location and meeting topics are posted on their Facebook group. Anyone wanting to participate in a group seeking to advance individual liberty in a civil society or who simply wants to learn more about the libertarian movement is welcome to attend.