2023 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest


A civics contest organized by the federal courts of the western United States offers high school students a chance to win cash prizes.

“The 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: What Should Our Next Amendment Be?” is the theme of a civics contest. The contest is sponsored by the Ninth Circuit Public Information and Community Outreach Committee (PICO).  The contest is open to high school students in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington state, the United States Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Students in the 9th through 12th grades attending public, private, parochial and charter schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status, are invited to participate. Children of federal judges, chambers staff and employees of federal court offices are not eligible to participate.  Entries will be accepted beginning January 4, 2023. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on March 13, 2023.

Contest rules are available at: https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest.

The United States District Court for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands will conduct a local contest to select finalists for the circuit-wide competition. The top three finishers in the essay and video competitions at the local level will go on to compete in the circuit-wide contest. Students must reside in the Northern Mariana Islands. For more information about the district contest, please contact Daniel Brown at (670) 237-1205 / daniel_brown@nmid.uscourts.gov.

Download 2023 Civics Contest Rules

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