2018 Civics Education Contest


2018 Civics Education Contest

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Contest Deadline: February 23, 2018

Rules & Regulations

Honoring the Separation of Powers

Contest:

In recognition of Law Day, May 1, 2018, the National Center for State Courts is sponsoring a contest for elementary, middle school, and high school students. The contest entries will be divided into three groups: 3rd-5th graders, 6th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders.

Each grade group is encouraged to answer the following essay question:
Why did our Founding Fathers create three branches of government?

Rules for essay contest:

  • Entries must be 100 words or less.
  • Entries may be typed and submitted in the form below. 

   Hand-written submissions may also be made and mailed to:
   NCSC
   c/o Deirdre Roesch
   300 Newport Ave.
   Williamsburg, Va. 23185

   Be sure to include teacher/students' names, address, e-mail and phone number in with mailed submission. 

Prizes:
  • One first place winner in each age group will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and a class set of Justice Case Files graphic novels.
  • One second place winner in each age group will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and a class set of Justice Case Files graphic novels.
  • One third place winner in each age group will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a class set of Justice Case Files graphic novels.
Deadline

Friday, February 23, 2018.

Voting & Judging

First, second, and third place winners from each grade level will be selected by NCSC staff members and judges from around the country based on creativity, originality, overall quality and adherence to the theme. The winners will be notified by e-mail or phone by April 20, 2018. Winning entries may be shared on NCSC's social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Vimeo), as well as NCSC publications and websites.

Official Rules & Guidelines

Please be advised that by submitting an essay, parents give NCSC permission to use essays online or in print publications. Read the Official Rules and Guidelines.

Fill out the form below to enter. This is the preferred method of entry.  However, hand-written essays may be submitted by mail to NCSC, c/o Deirdre Roesch, 300 Newport Avenue, Williamsburg, Va. 23185.