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2021 Civics Contest
Idaho 2021 Civics Contest

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho will conduct a local contest to select finalists for the circuit-wide competition. To enter the local contest, students must reside in the State of Idaho. Local district winners in each category also will receive prizes of $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place.

For more information about the local contest, please contact

Chief Deputy Jeff Severson
(208) 334-9464

2021 Civics Contest

What Does Our American Community Ask of Us?

Our Constitution both confers rights and establishes responsibilities.  The Preamble that begins the Constitution speaks of the people's commitment to "secure the blessings of liberty," while also recognizing the need to "promote the general welfare."  Among the many rights enshrined in the Constitution, for example, are the right to peaceably assemble, the right to free exercise of religion, and the right to a speedy and public jury trial in criminal cases.

Over the course of our country's history, global events have challenged us to find a balance between critical rights like these and our responsibilities to each other.  The shelter-in-place orders implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, the rationing orders implemented during World War II and the Great Depression, and the mandatory smallpox vaccination programs instituted in the early 1900s are just some examples of times when we have been asked to curtail our normal freedoms for the benefit of our entire community.  At the same time, each of us has a civic responsibility to participate in and contribute to our democracy.  How should we as a society strike the appropriate balance within the framework of our Constitution between safeguarding our rights and fulfilling our responsibilities to each other?

"What Does Our American Community Ask of Us?" is the theme of a civics contest focusing on these important issues.

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