Student Video Contest Promotes Civics Education and Creativity

February 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union …” These are the first few words of the United States Constitution but what does the document really mean to you? The West Virginia State Bar and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) have partnered to answer that question.

West Virginia students have the chance to win as much as $500 for creating a three minute video on We the People – the Constitution in our Lives. The second place finishers win $250. All winning videos will be placed on the WVDE YouTube site.

The contest, which is open to West Virginia public school students in grades 6 through 12, gives participants the chance to create a video about what role the Constitution plays in daily life.  Judging will be broken into a high school and a middle school level. 

The creators of the first place videos also will be invited to attend The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting on April 20, 2012 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Videos will be judge based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality. Entries must include a parental permission form for those under age of 18.

Submissions will be accepted from Feb. 15 to March 31. Students interested in entering the contest can download an application and other forms as well as rules at

For more information, contact Mike Frazier at the West Virginia State Bar at  begin_of_the_skype_highlightin(304) 697-4370 or at

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