• No School on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 due to weather. This is a SCHOOL closure day for staff. for more information.
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Students invited to enter Inaugural Civics Essay Contest, Nominate Teachers for Excellence in Civics Education

The Federal Bar Association is holding its inaugural civics essay contest posing the question: “What Does an Impartial Judicial System Mean to Me?”

This year’s essay contest holds a 500-word limit for submissions from middle school students and a 1,000-word limit for high school students. Oral submissions are also accepted through the StoryCorps App and are limited to three minutes in length. The middle school category is awarding $1,000, $500, and $250 for first, second, and third place respectively. The prizes are doubled for high school winners, with first place receiving $2,000, second place receiving $1,000, and third place receiving $500.

Writers of the first place submissions in each category are rewarded with a trip to Washington, D.C and may be accompanied by one parent/guardian, with the organization providing funds for travel. This trip coincides with the Federal Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

This essay is an opportunity for the young people of this nation to voice their opinions on the judicial system in a constructive and rewarding way.

All essays and recordings should be submitted to by Monday, January 23, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recordings may also be submitted via the StoryCorps App.

The nomination form for Nomination of Teachers for Excellence in Civics Education is located at: Nomination forms should be submitted to by Monday, January 23, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The selected teachers will be honored with a plaque.

Questions may be directed to Josh Albertson by email: or phone at 571-481-9118 or Contest Chair: Maria Vathis: or phone at 312-602-5127. For more information visit:

Published: December 21, 2016, Updated: December 21, 2016