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U.S. Courts Bill of Rights student contest - $500 cash prize!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Hello educators, students, parents, and fans of American civics!

The United States Courts of Appeals along with the United States District Courts in the Seventh and Eighth Circuits are hosting a Bill of Rights contest and we want YOU to be a part of it!

School aged children in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are encouraged to submit an essay, poem, video, photograph, song, or piece of art on the importance of the Bill of Rights. Be as creative as you like!  Please limit essays to no more than 500 words, and videos to 3-5 minutes or less.

A grand prize winner from each of the three age groups (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade) will be awarded a $500 cash prize, be able to take part in a virtual event on Wednesday, December 2 with United States District Court Judges and other legal experts on the enduring rights afforded to Americans by the Bill of Rights, and have their name and submission shared on the websites of the participating United States District Courts. Semi-finalists will receive an electronic gift card valued at $50.

Submissions will be accepted Thursday, October 22, through Sunday, November 8.

Submissions should be emailed to Please include the following information with your entry:

  • your full name (do not write your name on your actual entry)
  • grade
  • county and state of residence
  • school (or note if homeschooled)
  • teacher who referred you (if applicable)  

Semi-finalists will be notified before Thanksgiving and grand prize winners will be announced at the virtual event on December 2, 2020.  Must be present to win.

Even if you don’t choose to enter the contest, all are welcome for the virtual event on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.  RSVP is not required, but if you sign up at the following link, you will receive an email reminder with the Zoom invitation in early November -

For questions please contact Laura Nebel at or via phone at 309-732-1089.

Teachers - make sure you tell your students to list you on their submission forms!  All teacher names submitted will be entered into a raffle. The more students you have enter the more chances you have to win. Please forward and share this announcement with other teachers and students who may be interested.


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