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
NOON, NOVEMBER 4, 2022
A recognition ceremony for all winners will be held in December at the Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse.