Pennsylvania Supreme Court Announces Essay and Coloring Contests for Students | News
As the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary, students across the state are invited to participate in this historic occasion by entering an essay and coloring contest.
“Recognizing the crucial role civic education plays in the public’s understanding of the judiciary, we are excited to expand our 300th celebration efforts to engage students at all levels,” said Chief Justice Max Baer. . “Members of the Court and I look forward to hearing from students across Pennsylvania how they view the work and role of the Court throughout our history.”
Both contests are free and open to Pennsylvania students, including those in public, private, charter, cyber-charter, or home school. The deadline for registration is May 6, 2022.
The coloring contest is open to all students aged 5-11 and will give younger students the opportunity to create their own judge. After printing the cartoon judge cutouts, students can choose which judge they want to color and design using their creativity as a guide.
Students and parents are encouraged to submit photos on Twitter by tagging @PACourts and using #Supreme300, or by mail following the instructions outlined below.
The essay competition is open to all students in grades 3-12, with essays judged on creativity, overall quality, and adherence to the questions:
Question (Grades 3-5) – Why is the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania important?
Question (Grades 6-12) – Which Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice inspires you and why?
If submitting by mail, entrants must include the following information on a separate sheet of paper: full name, school name, city, state, phone number, email (if applicable), name of teacher and teacher email (if applicable).
Entries in both competitions will be judged by justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as well as members of the Supreme Court’s 300th Celebration Committee. The winners will be announced and recognized by the Court during its 300th anniversary celebration in May.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the highest court in the Commonwealth and the nation’s oldest court of appeals. The Judiciary Act of 1722 created the Supreme Court as a permanent body with authority over appeals and trials, although its roots go back to the provincial court established in 1684. The Court has full administrative authority over all aspects of the system Pennsylvania Court and may also hear cases involving matters of immediate public importance arising in any court in the Commonwealth. The commemoration will highlight the unique role of the court and how its decisions affect every Pennsylvanian.