Contests & Events



Middle School Art in the Capitol Contest

The Art in the Capitol Competition, authorized by section 1003.49965, Florida Statutes, is a statewide visual arts competition that requires each school district to annually hold an art competition for all students in grades 6 through 8 attending public schools, private schools and home schools in Florida. The artwork should be judged by a selection committee consisting of art teachers whose students have not submitted work for the competition.

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Submissions due by Monday November 1, 2021.

MS Art in the Capitol Slideshow 2021

Page 30 is 2021’s winning submission from SJCSD.

Bill of Rights 2021 High School Essay Contest

As students return to school this fall, it is anticipated that the United States Supreme Court will have issued a decision directly addressing public-school students’ First Amendment rights to free speech. It is the hope of the judges and lawyers of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, that the 2021 High School Essay Contest, together with the anticipated Supreme Court decision, will make the Bill of Rights come to students.

Contest is open to High School Students in Grades 10-12 in the following counties:

Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwanee and Union

Key Dates:

August 13, 2021 Essay prompt and rules available at

September 17, 2021 Essay submission deadline

November 19, 2021 Recognition ceremony for all winners at the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse

Click here for more information: Bill of Rights 2021 High School Essay Contest Information

2021 Florida Hispanic Heritage Month Logo


THEME: “Celebrating Hispanic-America Community Leaders and Champions”

The theme for First Lady Desantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month encourages students to take a deeper look into the local leaders, innovators and community members who have contributed to Florida’s successful history and bright future.

Art Contest (Grades K-3)     This contest is open to all K-3 students in the state of Florida. Two winners will be selected.

Entry Dates:  Entries must be mailed to Volunteer Florida: Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL  32308                                                    All entries must be received no later than 5 pm ET on Monday, October 11, 2021.  Emailed, scanned, or faxed entries will not be accepted. 

Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs.  For more information, click 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest

Student Essay Contest (Grades 4-12)  This contest is open to all 4-12 grade students in Florida.  Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12).   Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme.

Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

For Essay Contest information, please click 2021 HHM Essay Contest Guidelines (

For the application, please click Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 Student Essay Contest Online Application

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2022 Black History Month Theme and Student Contests

Juneteenth Essay Contest
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AAH – Juneteenth Essay Contest – 2021

FEMA Region IV Seeks Young Leaders for Youth Preparedness Council

2022 info coming soon!

WJCT Public Media PBS Kids Writers Contest
2022 info coming soon.

The annual contest is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning and is open to any child in grades K-3 who writes and illustrates their own story.

All writers and illustrators, who enter and meet the requirements of the contest, will have their work published online on the WJCT website and receive a certificate. First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented for stories from each grade level; winners will also receive a WJCT PBS Kids prize pack, the opportunity to create a video reading of their story and an invitation to share their story live at Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 9. Winning stories will be eligible for the People’s Choice grand prize, a $100 savings bond.

“WJCT Public Media is proud to provide a platform for our youngest neighbors to share their unique stories through the WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest,” said David McGowan, President and CEO of WJCT. “Through this contest, we hope to inspire students and their communities to experience the joy of creativity.”

For more information, including official rules and tools to help students create their stories, visit

National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest for 5th Grade Students

As part of the National Missing Children’s Day annual commemoration on date to be determined, the Department of Justice will once again sponsor a national poster contest and will announce the winner at the annual National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Washington, D.C. The winner of this national contest, along with his or her teacher and parents, are flown to Washington to attend this special ceremony. Schools are invited to join in the efforts to educate children across the country about safety issues by giving your fifth-grade students an opportunity to participate in this poster contest.

Annual Crime Stoppers Poster Contest

2021-2022 Information Coming Soon!

Youth & Young Adult Essay Contest

(Ongoing Contest)

This contest is designed to educate the public on measures to reduce access to tobacco and nicotine, and the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine.

The contest is year-round and anyone under the age of 21 is eligible to participate. The prize is a $100.00 gift certificate.

For more information visit: Essay Contest


WHO: All 3rd, 4th & 5th grade SJCSD students

WHAT: A celebration of history through student/school projects

WHEN: 2022 Information Coming Soon!

WHERE: Schools may submit the top three student entries from each category through interoffice mail

Deliver to: Elem. History Contest Department: Instructional Services

HOW: All entries will be judged based on criteria described by the District

RECOGNITION: Student projects will be recognized at a SJCSD school board meeting. Prizes awarded in each category.


National History Day Competition

NHD 2022 Theme

Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

St. Johns County School District 2022 NHD Competition

Details will be posted when available.

Additional information:
Florida History Day Website
National History Website

Project categories include: performance, paper, exhibit, website, and documentary. Category placements (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention) may be presented for each category, when appropriate. Category placements are not automatically awarded. The county fair’s judging panel retains the option of determining if a project meets the requirements for competition at the state level. Special awards are also available—each of these has its own unique criteria.

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