Local Civics Essay Contests

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, in partnership with the local chapters of the Federal Bar Association, sponsored its inaugural local civics essay contests in 2019. The topic for the contests was "Cyberbullying and the First Amendment." The Court adopted the topic of the national Federal Bar Association's annual civics essay contest, and encouraged students to submit their essays both to the national contest and a local contest. For 2019, the national contest provided six cash awards totaling $4,500. The Court and local FBA chapters plan to hold the essay contest annually in conjunction with the national FBA civics essay contest, which is announced each November.

Knoxville and Greeneville Division Essay Reception 2019

On national Law Day, May 1, 2019, the Court and the Knoxville and Greeneville chapters of the Federal Bar Association held an awards reception at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. United States Courthouse for their inaugural Federal Court Civics Essay Contest.

Three local high school students were awarded cash prizes for their essay submissions. After welcoming remarks by Chief Judge Pamela L. Reeves, United States Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne H. Bauknight, Luke McLaurin, President of the Knoxville chapter of the FBA, and Olen Haynes, Jr., President of the Greeneville chapter of the FBA, presented awards to the students, whose family and sponsoring teachers also attended the ceremony. The first place award, and a cash prize of $350.00, was presented to Kaitlyn Daniels from Seymour High School. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Chris and Bridget Daniels. Emily Christian, of Volunteer High School in Church Hill, won second place and received a cash prize of $200.00. Emily's parents are Tracy and Heather Christian. Third place, and a cash award of $150.00, was awarded to Caroline Workman of Morristown West High School. Caroline is the daughter of Amy and Robert Workman.

The contest was open to public, private, and home high school students from Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington Counties.

Winning Essays

1st Place - Kaitlyn C. Daniels
2nd Place - Emily Christian
3rd Place - Caroline Workman


Chattanooga and Winchester Division Essay Reception 2019

The Chattanooga/Winchester contest awarded prizes to the top four submissions at a reception at the courthouse on April 10. The awards for the Knoxville/Greeneville contest will be given at a reception on May 1.

Winning Essays

1st Place - Collin Matthews
2nd Place - Alice Stuart
3rd Place - Lillian Richardson
4th Place - Joey Hopper