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2022 High School Essay Contest - Tampa

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 Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, invite high school students in grades 9–12 in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee, and Hernando 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.


First Place: $ 2,000.00
Second Place: $ 1,000.00
Third Place:  $ 500.00
Fourth through Tenth Places, each: $ 250.00
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 qualifying submission is one that satisfies all Contest Rules.

Submission Deadline:

A recognition ceremony for all winners will be held in December at the Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse.


For more information contact
Suzanne DeCopain, Esquire
Public Outreach Coordinator
(813) 703-2146
Daisy Gray, J.D.
(813) 301-5347

Links to Essay Contest Information

Contest Rules

Entry Form

Essay Prompt

Information for Teachers