2019 Civics Education Contest
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February 22, 2019
Rules & Regulations
Essay Contest Winners
Honoring the first amendment
In recognition of Law Day, May 1, 2019, 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:
Should there be limits to free speech? Why or why not?
Rules for essay contest:
Hand-written submissions may also be made and mailed to:
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.
Thanks to a private donation, the National Center for State Courts is excited to announce that we are significantly increasing the amounts to be awarded for the student winners of the 2019 Civics Education Essay Contest. “NCSC received a generous gift, and the donor and NCSC believes that putting these funds into civics education benefits everyone. Promoting student curiosity and involvement in the judiciary is certainly a worthwhile investment,” said NCSC President Mary McQueen.
Friday, February 22, 2019.
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 19, 2019. 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.