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2021 Ninth Circuit Essay and Video Contest

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Ninth Circuit hosts an annual essay and video contest open to high school students in the Western United States and Pacific Islands. The theme for this year’s contest is “What Does Our American Community Ask of Us?” The US Constitution both confers certain inalienable rights and establishes responsibilities that we must hold to one another. How have historical and global events, within the framework of our Constitution, challenged the appropriate balance between safeguarding our rights and fulfilling our responsibilities? What is the extent of our civic responsibility to participate in and contribute to our democracy? An information pamphlet is available here.

Students residing in one of the following counties may submit their essay and/or video for local judging: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima. The top three finishers in the essay and video competitions will receive cash prizes at the district level and go on to compete in the Ninth Circuit contest. Contest rules, entry instructions, and other information is available here. For more information about the district contest, please contact Janell Grubb at (509) 458-5333, or by email at