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All Contests:

  • One Grand Prize will be awarded to the best overall individual entry chosen from all grade levels.  If the grand prize is awarded to a group entry, the grand prize will be $500 cash split equally among the group members.
  • Judging for both the art and writing contest is based on originality and interpretation of the theme.
  • Deadline: Dec. 30. Must be received by the deadline, so mail a few days earlier.
  • Please include the entry form on the back of the entry.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • Entries are limited to one per student in each contest.
  • Teachers (including home school teachers) will receive color participant certificates, ready for personalization, for each student who enters.
  • Students submitting entries directly to the OBA will also receive a certificate.
  • All teachers submitting entries will be entered into a drawing for gift certificates.
  • Target date to announce contest winners: February 2017.
  • Winning entries will be published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal and posted to the OBA website.
  • First- and second-place winners in each category will receive a framed award certificate in addition to prize money. First-place winners will be invited to an award presentation ceremony at the state Capitol, where each attending winner will receive his or her award. Second-place winners will be presented their awards by their local county bar association. Honorable mention winners will receive an award certificate in a presentation folder with a ribbon. Presentation arrangements for honorable mention recipients will vary by county.
  • Judges reserve the right to not award a prize for every grade level.

Art Contest

Grades: Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten (includes T-1): Coloring  

  • For each grade level, a first- and second- place winner are chosen
  • Note: beginning in 2014-2015, transitional first-grade students will be judged within the "kindergarten" category.
  • First-place winners receive a $25 cash prize
  • Second place winners will receive a $15 cash prize

  • Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded
  • Three coloring sheets to choose from; each student may pick one of the coloring sheets to enter.

Grades: 1-12: 

This is a free form art contest for students grades 1-12. Entries will be an original piece of artwork from any medium.  Examples of entries might be mixed media artwork, original music, photography, video, collage or anything else that relates to the contest theme. 

  • 1st-place and 2nd-place prizes will be awarded for each grade level.
  • 1st-place winners in 1st-5th will receive a $50 cash prize.
  • 2nd-place winners in 1st - 5th will receive a $25 cash prize.
  • 1st-place winners in 6th-8th will receive a $100 cash prize.
  • 2nd-place winners in 6th-8th will receive a $50 cash prize.
  • 1st-place winners in 9th-12th will receive $150 cash prize.
  • 2nd-place winners in 9th-12th will receive $75 cash prize.
  • Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded.
  • Group submissions are accepted and will be judged at the grade level of the group member in the highest grade.

 Writing Contest

A writing contest is available for 1st-12th grade. Students will respond to a prompt based on his or her grade level provided by the Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Committee. Each prompt has been tailored to align with the Oklahoma State Department of Education social studies standards. Poetry and creative writing entries will also be accepted as part of the writing contest.  
  • 1st-place and 2nd-place prizes will be awarded for each grade level.
  • 1st-place winners in 1st-5th will receive a $50 cash prize.
  • 2nd-place winners in 1st-5th will receive a $25 cash prize.
  • 1st-place winners in 6th-8th will receive $100 cash prize.
  • 2nd-place winners in 6th-8th will receive $50 cash prize.
  • 1st-place winners in 9th-12th will receive $150 cash prize.
  • 2nd-place winners in 9th-12th will receive a $75 cash prize.
  • Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded.
  • Writing prompts available below.

Writing Rubrics:

Elementary

Middle School

High School


2017 lesson plans coming soon.


Writing Contest Prompts: (Downloadable PDF):


Grade

Standards

Writing Prompt

Grade 1

American Heroes

1. Choose an American hero or heroine and describe how they encourage being fair to others.

2. How have past American leaders made sure people were treated fairly and equally.

3. Describe what it means to be equal to someone else.

Grade 2

Our Democratic Heritage

1. Why is treating people with fairness and equality important to democracy?

2. Why is it important for each person to be able to vote?

3. What can citizens do to make sure that people are treated fairly by the government?

Grade 3

Oklahoma Studies

1. How has Oklahoma's government put fairness and equality into practice?

2. Describe how Oklahoma's government helps ensure people are treated fairly and equally.

3. What is the role of state courts in ensuring fairness or equality?

Grade 4

United States Studies: Regional Geography and History – The Why of Where: Places, Patterns of Settlement, and Global Interactions

1. Describe how our government helps different kinds of people from different backgrounds all contribute to our community.

2. Why is it important for people of different races, ethnicities and religions to have equal rights under law?

3. How did slavery and forced settlement impact the need to ensure equal treatment for people of different races?

Grade 5

United States Studies: Creating the United States: The Foundation, Formation and Transformation of the American Nation, 1607-1806

1. Describe in what ways the original United States Constitution failed to provide equality for all people.

2. Describe what features of the Constitution embody equality and fairness.

3. What lessons had the founders of the United States learned about the need for equal protection and due process of law?

Grade 6

World Geography: The Western Hemisphere – The Why of Where: Places, Patterns of Settlement, and Global Interactions

1. Why is the 14th Amendment important to safeguarding human rights?

2. Describe how America's fusion of many different races, religions and nationalities makes it important to protect equal rights.

3. Where does the principle of due process of law come from, and why is it important?

Grade 7

World Geography: The Eastern Hemisphere: The Why of Where: Places, Patterns of Settlement, and Global Interactions

1. When do you think equality before the law has been most important in American history and why?

2. How do the U.S.'s protections of equal justice, such as the 14th Amendment, compare to laws or principles of other nations?

3. Describe how due process of law helps protect the peoples' rights in a democracy.

Grade 8

Creating the United States: The Foundation, Formation, and Transformation of the American Nation, 1754-1877

1. How did the American Civil War lead to the adoption of the 14th Amendment?

2. How has the 14th Amendment strengthened the federal government's power over individual states?

3. Describe how due process of law and equal protection relate to each other. 

High School

Oklahoma History and Government –
The Foundation, Formation, and Transformation of the State of Oklahoma

1. How does the 14th Amendment limit the power of Oklahoma's government?

2. How did the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause change Oklahoma's history of racial segregation?

Sociology –
Formations and Patterns of Group Behavior

1. How does the 14th Amendment impact the power of a democratic majority over a minority?

United States Government – 
Freedom for All: Securing Rights and Defining Responsibilities

1. What is the citizen's role in securing the rights embodied in the 14th Amendment?

United States History – Creating the United States: The American Nation in Transformation, 1878 to the Present

1. Describe the role of the 14th Amendment in desegregation.

2. What U.S. Supreme Court case has been most important in securing equal protection or due process and why?

World History – Cultural Connections, Turning Points, and Transformation of the World into the Modern Era

1. How has the legal philosophy of equal protection impacted America's political and social culture?

World Human Geography – The Why of Where: Places, Patterns of Settlement, and Global Interactions

1. How does the 14th Amendment's guarantee of due process of law differ from the legal systems of other nations?


Mail entries to:

Law Day Committee
Oklahoma Bar Association
P.O. Box 53036
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Deliver to:

Oklahoma Bar Association
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Questions?

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