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2019 High School Essay Contest

We are pleased to announce that the essay prompt for this year’s High School Essay Contest has been released! The theme is Separation of Powers – Checks and Balances. The contest is open to high school students (grades 10 through 12) who reside in the counties of the Jacksonville Division. Prizes include $2000 for first place, $1000 for second place, $500 for third place, and $50 to the remainder of the top ten. In addition, a $500 classroom grant will be given to the teachers of the first, second, and third place winners. (All prizes will be provided by the Middle District of Florida Bench Bar Fund.) Essays are due by noon on October 7 and there will be an award ceremony on November 20 at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse. Additional information is available on the Court’s website. Please note that the contest rules exclude students whose parents are members of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, but Chapter members are encouraged to promote the contest to their children’s friends, parents, and teachers. 

In addition, we are seeking volunteers to grade the submitted essays. The essays will be provided to graders on or about October 11 and will need to be graded by October 18. If you would like to volunteer, please email Community Outreach Coordinator Suzanne Judas at Thank you in advance!

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