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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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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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.

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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!