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  • Academic WorldQuest
    A competition played with 4-person teams who answer rounds of questions about current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags, international organizations, countries, regions, the world economy, culture, religion, and more.
    Grade: 9th - 12th
    Deadline: October

  • American Foreign Service National High School Essay Contest
    In a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases, one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful, where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country.
    Grade: 9th - 12th
    Deadline: March

  • CyberFair
    An authentic project-based learning program where youth conduct research and publish their findings using digital media. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories.
    Grade: K - 12th
    Deadline: March

  • Kennedy Profiles in Courage
    The contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
    Grade: 9th - 12th
    Deadline: January

  • Kids Philosophy Slam
    Program designed to make philosophy fun and accessible to all kids, while promoting critical thinking skills and encouraging dialogue with other students and adults.
    Grade: K - 12th
    Deadline: March

  • National Geographic Bee
    A Jeopardy-style quiz competition hosted by the National Geographic Society. State winners advance to national competition.
    Grade: 4th - 8th
    Deadline: January (registration); April (state bees); and May (national).

  • National History Bee
    An academic competition designed to motivate and reward students for studying history. State winners advance to national competition.
    Grade: Elementary and Middle School divisions
    Deadline: January

  • National History Bee & Bowl
    A buzzer-based history quiz competition for teams of up to 6 students. State winners advance to national competition.
    Age: 19 and younger
    Deadline: April (national)

  • National History Day
    Students work on a months-long research project based on a historical theme, such as conflict and compromise in history. Students present their findings in any number of creative ways. State winners advance to national competition.
    Grade: 6th - 12th
    Deadline: June (national)

  • Patriot's Pen
    The essay contest encourages students to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay.
    Grade: 6th - 8th
    Deadline: October

  • Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
    The preliminary rounds of the contest are held by Chapters and/or State Societies of the Sons of the American Revolution to select one winner from each participating state. In regions (SAR Districts) where no State Society sponsors an entrant, an SAR District entry is permitted. Check for your local state deadline.
    Grade: 9th - 12th
    Deadline: June

  • Stossel in the Classroom
    Students ages 13-18 write a short essay on a political topic. Essays must be between 500 and 1000 words, topics change annually.
    Age: 13 - 18
    Deadline: February

  • Voice of Democracy
    Students have the opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed essay that they record.
    Grade: 9th - 12th
    Deadline: November

  • We the People
    Students demonstrate knowledge of constitutional issues before simulated congressional committees composed of constitutional scholars, lawyers, historians and public officials.
    Grade: Upper elementary and high school
    Deadline: January (state); April (national)

  • We the Students Essay Competition
    Students write an essay on pressing First Amendment issues.
    Grade: 8th - 12th
    Deadline: February

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