Announcing the winners of the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest in Guam


Students from St. John’s School and Notre Dame Academy in Guam have won the preliminary round of the 2021 Ninth Circuit Civic Competition, according to a press release.

The competition accepted entries from high school students from the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

“We thank the students for their hard work and dedication to entering the competition which hopefully gave them the opportunity to learn more about the legal system and constitutional democracy in our country,” said Janis L. Sammartino, San Diego district judge and president of the Ninth. Circuit public information and community awareness committee.


Essay winners:

  • first place: Jin Chung, St. John’s School
  • second place: Kasey Xu, St. John’s School
  • third place: Azía Pilar, Academy of Our Lady of Guam

Video winners:

  • first place: Elizabeth Chua, Jin Chung and Alexander Gayle of St. John’s School
  • second place: Kelvin Lee, St. John’s School.
1st place winners of the video portion of the 2021 Guam Ninth Circuit (LR) Competition 2021: Jin Chung, Alexander Gayle and Elizabeth Chua, sophomores at St. John's School.

Northern Mariana Islands

Essay winners:

  • first place: Katherine Avendano-Woodruff, Mount Carmel School in Saipan
  • second place: Richard Steele, Mount Carmel School
  • third place: Vivien Liu, Marianas High School in Saipan

Video winners:

  • first place: Katherine Avendano-Woodruff, Brandee Hunter and Connie Zhu from Mount Carmel School in Saipan

The competition focused on events in American history and world events that challenged us to strike a balance between inalienable rights and collective responsibilities to one another. Students were asked: “How should we as a society strike the right balance within our Constitution between protecting our rights and fulfilling our responsibilities to one another?” “

The competition was open to youth from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State, Guam and of the Northern Mariana Islands. Students from grades 9 to 12 in public, private, parish, charter and home schools were invited.

Fifteen districts of the Ninth Circuit held local contests, and the district winners moved up to the circuit level for the final round. In all, 45 tries and 31 videos have been selected for the next round.

Winners will be announced at end of June.


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