2020 Civics Education Contest

Honoring the Nineteenth amendment


In recognition of Law Day, May 1, 2020, 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. This year's theme honors the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Elementary (3rd -5th grade) and middle school (6th-8th grade) students are encouraged to answer the following question in 100 words or less:
Why is it so important that all citizens have the right to vote?

High school (9th-12th grade) students are encouraged to answer the following questions in 600 words or less

Is voting a right, privilege or responsibility? Why?

Rules for essay contest:

  • Entries for elementary school (3rd -5th grade) and middle school (6th-8th grade) students must be 100 words or less.
  • Entries for high school (9th-12th grade) students must be 600 words or less.
  • Entries should be typed and submitted in the form below. 

   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. 

  • High School:
    1st place: $1,000
    2nd place: $500
    3rd place: $250

  • Middle School:
    1st place: $400
    2nd place: $200
    3rd place: $100

  • Elementary School:
    1st place: $300
    2nd place: $150
    3rd place: $100

Friday, February 21, 2020.

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 17, 2020. Winning entries may be shared on NCSC's social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, 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.

We're sorry, but the contest has ended. Submissions are under review and winners will be contacted by April 17.