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The National Center for State Courts wants students to learn their civics lessons. They know cash prizes are a great motivator to get those creative juices flowing, so their sponsoring an essay contest. We have a lot of civic minded youth in our community. I know because we see them in the Project Real mock trials and tours we do. The topic is timely: voting. Students can win up to $1,000 if they write a winning essay. More details are defensecounselavailable on The deadline is February 21, 2020.

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 on

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

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