Essay Contest: Healthy School Lunches

In many places here in California, we are seeing organic foods and healthier options being made available to us. Many studies show that students whose nutritional needs are met are more attentive in class and have better at­tendance. A nutritious meal contributes to better learning abilities and better overall physical and mental health. But what about nutrition in schools? As a student, do you feel that there are healthy options available at your school? Do you learn the importance of nutrition in the classroom? How would you want your school to provide more healthy choices?

 Postmark deadline: November 17, 2017

  •   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

2017 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 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 16, 2018.

Submit your entry here

2018 Entry Guidelines

2017 Teacher Guide

Here are some of our favorites from last year:

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 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.
 Entry Deadline EXTENDED to May 5, 2018

Click here to enter 

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