Richard Baleares, a graduating senior at Saipan Southern High School, has won the CNMI leg of the regional civics contest for high school students that the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit hosts in nine western states, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
For the 2020 competition, students were invited to submit essays and videos in response to the following prompt: “In the wake of the 15th and 19th Amendments, barriers remained to prevent United States citizens from voting. Do formal or informal barriers remain today? What additional changes would you make, if any, to Americans’ voting rights?”
Entries went through a first round of judging in each of the 15 judicial districts that make up the circuit, and the winners will represent their district in a circuit-wide second round.
Baleares’ entry is a video that will now compete against 26 other finalists, after nearly 1,000 students entered across all districts. There is a $2,000 cash prize for the first-place winner. (PR)