Our Cartoon Contest Winners!

Each year, California high school students from around the state submit their cartoons to our newest contest, our editorial cartoon contest. We encourage students to submit cartoons inspired by issues unique to California. This contest is a great way to encourage students to express themselves through creating political cartoons. Our winners receive cash prizes and have their artwork published by one of our partners, KQED’s The Lowdown.

The variety of cartoons we received this year was impressive and choosing just five winners was extremely tough! Many thanks to the 22 schools that participated: El Monte High School, Culver City High School, Herbert Hoover High School, Warren High School, Sacramento High School, Granada Hills Charter High School, Terra Linda High School, John F. Kennedy High School, NP3 Charter High School, Gerber Jr/Sr High School, Poway High School, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School, Berkeley High School, American Canyon High School, Dinuba High School, North & South Torrance High School, Irvine High School, Richard Gahr High School, North Salinas High School, Gretchen Whitney High School, and Aspire Ollin University Prep High School. 

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And without further delay, the results: Continue reading


And the winners are…

In 2014, LegiSchool introduced an editorial cartoon contest into our portfolio of civic education opportunities, and the response we received was overwhelmingly positive. So, we’ve made the contest an annual affair!

Each year, we partner with KQED’s The Lowdown to invite high school students to express their opinions on current issues by creating an original editorial cartoon. The purpose of the contest is to incite critical thinking on contemporary issues by young people in our state. Winning entries receive cash prizes and are published on the KQED website.

Students were allowed to submit a cartoon based on any issue that is relevant to California this year. As you can see from the results, Continue reading

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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