The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held a local civics contest from January 8, 2024, to March 15, 2024. The theme of this year’s contest was “70 Years Later—The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.” In addressing the theme, students were asked to discuss what impact they think Brown has had and why. High school students from grades 9 through 12 across 15 counties in our district were invited to convey their insights through essay compositions or video presentations.

The local contest has concluded, and finalists have been selected. The students listed below have demonstrated exceptional understanding and creativity in addressing this year’s theme and are advancing to the circuit-level competition. The finalists are:

Essay Winners:

  • First Place ($2,000): Jia Aggarwal, Dublin High School, Dublin
  • Second Place ($1,500): Shaan Singh, San Leandro High School, San Leandro
  • Third Place ($1000): Karthik Subramanian, American High School, Fremont

Video Winners:

  • First Place ($2,000): Julia Karsner, Castilleja School, Palo Alto
  • Second Place ($1,500-split evenly for group entries): Isabel Sonneborn, Marguerite Walden-Kaufman and Hadassah Krieger, San Rafael High School, San Rafael

To learn more about the other Ninth Circuit civics contest finalists, please click here.