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2022 High School Essay Contest - Jacksonville

This is the 2022 High School Essay Contest - Bill of Rights logo.

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, invite high school students in grades 9–12* in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union Counties to participate in an essay contest celebrating Constitution Week. Participating students, their teachers, and schools have a chance to win cash prizes as listed below.

*In years past, the essay contest was open only to tenth through twelfth grade students.


First Place: $ 2,000.00
Second Place: $ 1,000.00
Third Place:  $ 500.00
Fourth through Tenth Places, each: $ 50.00
Classroom Grant for Teachers of the Top Three Winners: $ 500.00
Grant for School with the Most Qualifying Submissions: $ 1,000.00

**The first place winner also will have an opportunity to shadow a Federal Judge for a day. A teacher of two or more student winners may qualify for only one classroom grant. A qualifying submission is one that satisfies all Contest Rules.

Submission Deadline:

A recognition ceremony for all winners will be held on December 7, 2022, at the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse


For more information contact
Suzanne Judas, Esquire
Community Outreach Coordinator
(904) 910-0354