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Bill of Rights Day


2021 Contest

The United States Courts of Appeals along with the United States District Courts in the Seventh and Eighth Circuits are hosting the second annual Bill of Rights contest and we want YOU to be a part of it!

School aged children in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are encouraged to submit art and essays on the importance of the Bill of Rights. Be as creative as you like! 

Submission Categories:

Art (Videos, Visual Art, Poems, Songs)

    • Elementary (3-5)
    • Middle School (6-8)
    • High School (9-12)


    • Elementary (3-5)
    • Middle School (6-8)
    • High School (9-12)

NEW this year – Group submissions will be accepted this year. Please designate a group leader who will receive any applicable group prize and share it among group members. It is the group's responsibility to determine how they will share any prize money earned.

A grand prize winner from each of the three age groups (grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will be awarded a $500 cash prize, be able to take part in a virtual event on Wednesday, December 1 with Federal Judges and other legal experts on the enduring rights afforded to Americans by the Bill of Rights, and have their name and submission shared on the websites of the participating United States District Courts. Semi-finalists from each District Court will receive an electronic gift card valued at $50.

Submissions will be accepted Friday, September 17, through 5:00pm on Sunday, October 31.

Submissions should be emailed along with a completed entry form.  Complete contest rules and a blank entry form can be downloaded here:

District Semi-finalists will be notified before Thanksgiving and grand prize winners will be announced at the virtual event on December 1.  Must be present to win the grand prize.

Entries should be submitted to your local district court (Southern District of Indiana). Please email entries, along with entry forms, to prior to the deadline.

Teachers - make sure you tell your students to list you on their submission forms!  All teacher names submitted will be entered into a raffle. The more students you have enter the more chances you have to win.


2021 Virtual Public Event

Even if you don’t choose to enter the contest, all are welcome for the virtual event on December 1 at 6 pm Central/7 pm Eastern.  There will be chances to win additional prizes!

The Bill of Rights and You
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6pm CT/ 7pm ET

Join the U.S. Courts to celebrate the anniversary of the Bill of Rights! Hear from federal judges and attorneys to learn more about the Bill of Rights in action. Further details coming soon! 

The virtual event is open to all families and fans of American Civics! Event registration is required.  Register here:




Congratulations to our 2020 Indiana winners!

Elementary School (K-5) - Charles Chen, 5th Grade, University Elementary School, Bloomington, Indiana

               View Charles's Entry

Middle School (6-8) - Kelton Wong O'Connell, 7th Grade, Jackson Creek Middle School, Bloomington, Indiana

               View Kelton's Entry

High School (9-12) - Christian Arnold, 9th Grade, North High School, Evansville, Indiana

               View Christian's Entry 

*Indiana winners received an e-gift card and were entered into a grand prize contest among district-level winners from across the 7th and 8th Circuits.

Congratulations to Kelton Wong O'Connell, who was selected the Grand Prize winner in the 7th and 8th Circuit competition!