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Essay Contest: Should the School Day Start Later?

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control recommend that schools start later in the day - 8:30 am or later to be exact. In part, this is because recent research has shown that when students sleep more, they experience many benefits including better grades, improved physical and mental health, and even fewer car crashes. Some schools have moved their start times later and have seen other positive results too, including decreased tardiness and attendance issues. However, there are also disadvantages to shifting when schools start. A later start time means school ends later in the day, which can decrease the amount of time students have for homework, extracurricular or community activities and family time. In addition, a later start time does not guarantee that students will actually sleep more, and many argue that learning time management is an essential skill for students about to enter college or the workforce. There are also logistical challenges to consider, including bus schedules, the cost to schools and districts, the inconvenience to families, and even safety concerns like students walking home in the dark. The debate about school start times has been heating up this year, and LegiSchool wants to hear from you. Should the school day start later? How would this affect you and your peers?

 Postmark deadline: November 18, 2016

  • Contest open to 11th and 12th grade students in California
  • Essay must be no more than 2 pages, typed and double spaced
  • Entry form must accompany entry

2016 Entry Guidelines

2016 Entry Form

2016 Teacher Guide

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Editorial Cartoon Contest

A single image can convey a powerful message. That is why editorial cartoons are often used to explore complex subjects. Cartoonists use symbols, metaphors, caricatures and more to explain public opinion on current issues. In this contest, LegiSchool and KQED's The Lowdown invite you to express your opinion by creating an original editorial cartoon. Cash prizes awarded to winners and runners up. Postmark deadline: March 10, 2017.

Details coming soon!

Here are some of our favorites from last year:

Allison Goldsmith, Culver City High School, College Tuition
Mia Campbell-Kiyabu, Culver City High School, Ssstudent Debt
Andrew Chen, Mission San Jose High School, The "Debate"
Ansh Patel, Mission San Jose High School, Untitled
Redge Tolentino, Mount Eden High School, Student Loan

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Photo Contest: California Through My Eyes

Join students from around the state and participate in our most popular contest. Step behind the camera lens and capture a quintessential California picture to illustrate how you envision this state. Show us California through your eyes and you can win a cash prize.
The photo can be of a person, place or thing – the sky is the limit! The grand-prize winner will receive $150 and four runners-up will receive $100 each.
Contest details available Spring 2017.

2015 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners
2014 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners
2013 LegiSchool Photo Contest Winners

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