The United States District Court in the Southern District of California is excited to announce the 2020 Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. This essay and video contest offers cash prizes and a chance to meet some of the nation’s preeminent jurists and legal practitioners.
“The Right to Vote: Milestone Anniversaries” will be the theme of the contest this year, covering the passage of the 15th Amendment 150 years ago and the 19th Amendment 100 years ago. Students in grades 9-12 in public, private and parochial schools and home-schooled students of an equivalent grade status can write an essay or produce a short video on the topic. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California offers prizes of $1,000, $500, $250 to the top finishers in both the essay and video competition.
All of the 15 federal courts in the Ninth Circuit hold local contests with winners going on to compete in the circuit-wide competition. At the circuit level, prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500 will be awarded to first-, second- and third place winners in both the writing and video competition. In addition, first-place winners along with a parent/ guardian will be invited to attend the circuit conference.
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