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An essay and video contest for high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands. Contest rules and entry instructions are available at: ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest.

The theme of this year’s contest—“The 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: What Should Our Next Amendment Be?”—Students are asked to reflect on these questions: “What amendment would you propose for our Constitution? Why? How would you get your amendment ratified?”

Finalists in the Northern District of California’s local contest will be awarded $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place (shared between contestants for group video entries) and an opportunity to compete in the circuit-wide contest. To be eligible to compete in the Northern District of California’s local contest, students must reside in one of these counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, or Sonoma.

Entries will be accepted until March 13, 2023.  For more contest information and rules, please review the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Website and the following materials:

Questions about the district-level contest may be directed to community@cand.uscourts.gov.