Essay Contest: What Should be the New Governor’s Top Priorities?

For the first time in eight years, California will have a new Governor take office in January. As one of the most diverse and dynamic states in the union, there are many issues and hot topics being talked about in state govern­ment every day. Here's your chance to add your voice to the discussion! Write a letter to the incoming Governor and tell him what issue would you think is the number one issue that needs to be addressed in California. What changes and/or improvements would you like to see in our state? All current 11th and 12th graders are invited to cook up an idea and submit their essay response to our annual LegiSchool Essay Contest! Selected winners will be chosen to participate in the Legislative Summit at the State Capitol, where they will be able to share their thoughts and ideas with policymakers.

 Postmark deadline: November 16, 2018

  •   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

2018 Entry Guidelines

Essay contest submission form


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 invites you to express your opinion by creating an original editorial cartoon. Cash prizes awarded to winners and runners up. Complete details available this winter. Postmark deadline: March 23, 2019

2019 Cartoon Contest

Here are some of our favorites from past years:

Allison Goldsmith, Culver City High School, College Tuition
Mia Campbell-Kiyabu, Culver City High School, Student 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


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 show us how you envision this state. Let us see 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!

Complete details available this spring. Deadline: May 4, 2019



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