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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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Nothin’ but the Grover Clevelands!

Miranda is 50 and high school sophomores, juniors and seniors can enter to win $2,000 with a video or essay for the 2016 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest.

We all know the opening lines: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” But what do they mean? The Ninth Circuit Courts and Community Committee and the federal courts of the western United States are looking for the answer from high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the form of an essay or video. The top three entries can win cash prizes; with first place taking home $2,000; second place $1,000 and third $500.Complete contest details can be found at The deadline is fast approaching: April 15 at 5 p.m.

Below is a summary of information from the site:

The theme of the contest is the United States Supreme Court’s landmark 1966 decision in Miranda v. Arizona. The court ruled that someone taken into police custody must be informed – prior to questioning – of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The decision became the basis for what is now referred to as a “Miranda Warning” or a recitation of “Miranda Rights.”

The contest has two components: 1) Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of 500 to 750 words, and 2) Individual students or teams of up to three students may submit a 2-3 minute video presentation on the theme. Students may participate in one or both competitions.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada is hosting a local contest with winners moving on to the Ninth Circuit competition.  Project REAL, a non-profit group focused on teaching young people about the law, will be assisting the court in this civics education effort.  The contest is open to high school students throughout the State of Nevada. For more information about the district contest, student can contact Paige Brown (775) 686-5605 Come on Nevada students, make our state proud.


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