Essay contest on branches of government open to students

The Indiana Supreme Court is encouraging students from elementary to high school age to enter an essay contest in honor of Law Day on May 1.

The National Center for State Courts is sponsoring the competition, which asks entrants to answer the following question in 100 words or fewer: “Why did our Founding Fathers create three branches of government?”

The contest entries will be divided into three groups of third- through fifth-graders, sixth- through eighth-graders, and ninth- through 12th-graders.

First, second and third place awards will be given for each grade group. They will receive a class set of “Justice Case Files” graphic novels in addition to a $100, $50 or $25 Amazon gift card, respectively.

The finalists will be judged by members of the NCSC members on “creativity, originality, overall quality and adherence to the theme.”

The deadline for entries is Feb. 23. More information including contest rules can be found here.

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