A Cartoon Contest?

You may be asking yourself, why participate in an editorial cartoon contest? Isn’t that…fluffy?

The answer is no! Editorial cartoons are an amazing way to express a political viewpoint – and they require that you know your topic well enough to be witty and thoughtful. Teachers can use editorial cartoons to teach historical events or contemporary issues. Through participation, students will gain critical thinking skills, develop an understanding of the different elements of editorial cartoons and their use in media, and learn about the use of symbols, metaphors, satire, etc. to convey a message. In addition, this contest provides a great opportunity for cross-curricular learning – art, social science, English – this contest could be accessed by teachers across subjects as an effective teaching tool.

And if you didn’t have enough reasons to participate already, the icing on the cake is that winners of our competition receive cash prizes and have their work published on KQED.org. So have your students participate today!

Deadline: December 4th


  • California students, enrolled in grades (9-12)
  • Single pane cartoons only, no comic strips
  • Limit 1 entry person student
  • Hand drawn and computer generated cartoons are permissible
  • Original cartoons only – no copying!


Teaching resources and more contest information are on our website.


Express Yourself in our Editorial Cartoon Contest

LegiSchool is currently running an editorial cartoon contest for high school students in California. Winning students receive cash prizes and will have their cartoon posted on KQED’s website! Entry guidelines can be found here. Looking for inspiration? Check out a sample of cartoons from last year:

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Essay Contest Deadline is Near!

Juniors and seniors – don’t forget to enter your essay for this year’s contest. The submission deadline is November 18!

In recent years, political participation by young people has drastically declined. Many state leaders are offering suggested reforms. LegiSchool wants to hear from you! Why do you think youth voter turnout is so low? Is voting important to you and your peers? Are there changes you think will help get more young people involved?


Two essay winners meet with Senator Allen and receive a certificate of congratulations.

LegiSchool will select ten lucky students from around the state to receive round trip travel to Sacramento on March 2, 2016. During their visit, the winning essayists will meet with lawmakers, receive a VIP tour of the Capitol, and speak with state leaders to share their thoughts and opinions on this important topic. We gives students a platform to have their voice heard. Submit your essay today for your chance to participate!

How to Enter
Please use our online form to submit your entry. Entry guidelines:

  • You must be an 11th or 12th grade student in California
  • Essay must be no more than 2 pages, double spaced
  • Essays containing plagiarized material will be disqualified. What is plagiarism? Check out this link for more information.

Teaching Resource
Teachers – want to use this as a classroom or extra credit assignment? Check out our teaching resource today!

Students Learn About the Creative Economy

At our October Town Hall, 150 students gathered together at the State Capitol to discuss the creative economy in California. Our distinguished panelists answered a variety of student questions that ranged in topic from equal access to art education, available jobs in the creative industries, the best platform to teach creativity, and much, much more. The purpose of LegiSchool Town Halls is to engage students in matters of public policy that are important to Californians. Students learned about the topic in advance using this curriculum guide. Our curriculum guides are a great way to bring current issues into the classroom, even if you are unable to attend the Town Hall in person.

OLP Senate Floor 1

In addition to the Town Hall meeting, participating students received a tour of our beautiful, historic Capitol building. A lucky group of students even visited the Senate Floor! Many thanks to the participating panelists:

  • Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator
  • Mary Beth Barber, California Arts Council
  • Andrea Deveau, TechNet
  • Dr. L. Steven Winlock, Sacramento County Office of Education

Thank you also to the participating high schools: Academy of Our Lady of the Peace, George Washington Carver, Rio Americano, and Sacramento New Technology.

Did you miss this Town Hall? Don’t worry…our meetings are televised by The California Channel so you can watch the event here. Happy learning!