About the contest
NCSC's Civics Education Essay Contest gives 3rd-12th grade students the opportunity to understand and explain the importance and the role of the United States government.
The contest question is based on the American Bar Association's annual Law Day theme, which in 2023 is "Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration."
Question: Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has made the biggest difference in people’s lives? Explain how and why.
Question: What does the rule of law mean to you?
Elementary/Middle school: Why is it so important that all citizens have the right to vote?
High school: Is voting a right, privilege or responsibility? Why?
Questions: Should there be limits to free speech? Why or why not?
Question: Why did the Founding Fathers create the three branches of government?”
Question: What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen?
Question: In your own words, what are the Miranda Rights and why are they important?
Elementary school: What should you do if you or a classmate are being bullied?
Middle school: Why is bullying an issue that needs to be addressed? What can you, your school, your parents and your classmates do to stop it?
What is civics education and why is it important?