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2020 High School Essay Contest: Contest Rules

2020 High School Essay Contest: AMENDMENT XIX - THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX.

CONTEST RULES

 

SPONSORS

The lawyers and judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, through the Middle District Bench Bar Fund and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

WHO

The contest is open to students currently in grades 10 through 12 in counties in the Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union. Students in the 10th through 12th grades attending public, private, parochial and charter schools, and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status, are invited to participate. Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, and members of the household of a federal judge, a federal court employee, or a member of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, or a lawyer or state judge who takes part in grading the essays are excluded.

WHEN

The essay and entry form must be submitted by noon EST on October 2, 2020. The entry form includes instructions for submitting your essay. Please complete your essay before submitting the entry form.

WHAT

The essay must respond to the prompt. The essay must be the original work of the person submitting the essay.

ESSAY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Essays must be typed and submitted as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or WordPerfect (.wpd) document.
  2. Essays may not exceed 1,000 words not including citations.
  3. Citations must be placed in footnotes, endnotes, or bibliographies.

ESSAY SUBMISSION

Only one essay may be submitted per student. All essays must be submitted online. Hard-copy submissions will not be accepted.

To submit an essay, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit the online contest entry form (located on the Middle District of Florida's website: www.flmd.uscourts.gov); and
  2. Upload an essay that complies with the "Essay Requirements."

GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION

Submitting an essay that:
  1. does not comply with the "Essay Requirements";
  2. is not the student’s original, authored work;
  3. is late;
  4. provides fake entry information; or
  5. plagiarizes content; or
  6. is submitted as a separate Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF document outside of the entry form.
All decisions of disqualification will be final.

JUDGES

The essays will be judged by lawyers and judges in the Jacksonville Division. Their decisions will be final.

CRITERIA

  • Did the student identify methods proponents of the Nineteenth Amendment used to influence and change opinions about voting rights for women?
  • Did the student identify and evaluate one example of a particularly effective method proponents of the Nineteenth Amendment used to influence and change opinions about voting rights for women?
  • Did the student use correct grammar, spelling, and composition?

RECOGNITION

Winners will be announced the week of October 26, 2020, and recognized at a special ceremony at the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse on November 13, 2020. The top three winners will be invited to a luncheon at the River Club on December 11, 2020. The first-place winner will also be invited to shadow a judge at a mutually agreeable weekday and time.

SUBMISSION OF IRS FORM W-9

To comply with the Internal Revenue Code, the first and second-place winners will be required to complete and provide the court with an IRS Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, prior to receipt of their prize monies.

LICENSE TO USE ESSAYS, NAMES, AND PHOTOGRAPHS

Winners will be required to submit a release allowing the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida to publish their essays in print publications and on court public websites. In addition, winners will be asked to provide and authorize use of photographs of themselves in contest-related promotional materials, which may include photographs taken at recognition events.