Bill of Rights Day

Student Contest – $500 Cash Prize! – DEADLINE OCT 31

ATTENTION: Click HERE to see the list of Grand Prize Winners. Check back soon to view the winning submissions.  Click HERE to see the complete list of semi-finalists.

The United States Courts within the Seventh and Eighth Circuits are hosting the Second Annual Bill of Rights Day Contest and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Students in Grades 3-12 from 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!

District semi-finalists from each category will receive a $50 e-gift card and advance to the finals.  Grand prize winners in each category will be awarded a $500 cash prize, be able to take part in a virtual award ceremony with a federal judge on Wednesday, December 1, and have their name and submission shared on the websites of the participating United States District Courts.

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

TEACHERS: All teacher names submitted will be entered into a raffle. Randomly selected teachers will also receive e-gift cards. The more students who list a teacher’s name on the form, the more chances the teacher has to win!  ATTENTION: Click HERE to see the list of winning teachers.

Click HERE to download the rules and entry form.  NOTE: The contest deadline for 2021 has passed.  The contest is now closed.

Click HERE to download a printable contest flyer.

CONTEST TOPIC: The Importance of the Bill of Rights


Art (Video, Visual Art, Poem, Song)

  • Elementary (3-5) WINNER: Grace Troup, 5th grade from Missouri. Click HERE to see Grace’s artwork.
  • Middle School (6-8) WINNER: Sylvia Hines, 8th grade from Missouri. Click HERE to watch Sylvia’s video.
  • High School (9-12) WINNER: Alison Selje, 11th grade from Wisconsin. Click HERE to read Alison’s poem.


    • Elementary (3-5) WINNER: Rory Kopp, 5th grade from Indiana. Click HERE to read Rory’s essay.
    • Middle School (6-8) WINNERS: TIE, Olive Goodall, 8th grade from Illinois, and Olivia Wright, 7th grade from Arkansas. Olive’s essay HERE and Olivia’s essay HERE.
    • High School (9-12) WINNER: Collin Kenyon, 12th grade from Illinois.  Click HERE to read Collin’s essay.


“The Bill of Rights and You” Virtual Event – Wed Dec 1

ATTENTION: Click HERE to watch a recording of the event from Dec 1, 2021.

Even if you choose not to enter the contest, all are welcome for the virtual event on Wednesday, December 1 at 6 PM Central.

This event is designed for families but all are welcome.  Participants will hear from a federal judge and learn who won the student contest and the teacher raffle drawing.

Registration is required.  Click HERE to register.  NOTE: Registration for 2021 is now closed.

Valuable prizes will be awarded!  Be sure to enter the webinar with your correct name and email address – there will be a drawing for attendance prizes.


Grace Troup’s Winning Entry