Ninth Circuit extends deadline for entries in high school civics contest

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SAN FRANCISCO (Press Release) — The 2020 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an essay and video competition for high school students sponsored by federal courts of the western United States, has been extended. The new deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. For more information, visit

In light of the Coronavirus 2019, or Covid-19, many school districts have closed their schools for up to three weeks and moving to distance learning programs whenever possible. The contest may provide a good opportunity for high school students in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, to participate in the contest while school is out and they are submitting assignments to their class websites.

The theme of the contest, “The Right to Vote: Milestone Anniversaries,” poses the following challenge to participants:

In the wake of the 15th and 19th Amendments, barriers remained to prevent United States citizens from voting. Do formal or informal barriers remain today? What additional changes would you make, if any, to Americans’ voting rights?

Students in grades 9-12 may enter the contest and submit their essays using a mobile phone as an option. However, this option is not available for video entries due to large file sizes. Students may enter both the essay and video competitions. A student is allowed to submit one essay and to submit one video either as an individual or part of a team of up to three members.

The contest is cosponsored by the Courts and Community Committee of the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit and the federal courts in the 15 judicial districts that make up the circuit. For more information about the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, please contact the Ninth Circuit Office of the Circuit Executive at (415) 355-8873 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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