Essay Contest

Chaparral High School senior Sydney Tresvant is interviewed

Presidential Debate Essay Contest Winners Announced

A Chaparral High senior was surprised in class with a $1,000 scholarship to UNLV.

In recognition that Las Vegas will be hosting the final Presidential Debate on the University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV) campus this fall, the Clark County School District (CCSD), UNLV, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) are partnering together to offer an essay contest for interested students.

The contest is open to all students attending grades 9-12 in the Clark County School District or in CCSD-sponsored charter schools. Students in each grade level will compete for prizes that include attendance at UNLV events or UNLV merchandise. One 11th- or 12th-grade student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Contest theme: “Are Presidential Debates necessary, why or why not?”

  • Only students enrolled in the Clark County School District or in CCSD-sponsored charter schools may enter the contest.
  • Essays must be no longer than 500 words, submitted in English, typewritten in black ink, and double-spaced.
  • Essays must be submitted with a completed entry form/cover sheet. No identifying information (name, etc.) should appear on the essay itself. Essays submitted without a completed form will be automatically disqualified.
  • Only one entry per student, and each entry must be the work of only one student.
  • Essay entries cannot have already been published.
  • To be considered for the scholarship prize, students must be in 11th- or 12th-grade and have checked the box on the entry form indicating they plan to attend UNLV.


The CCSD School-Community Partnership Office (located at Western High School, 4601 W. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas 89107) must receive all submissions by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Any essay received after the Oct. 3 deadline will be disqualified. NOTE: Be sure to allow enough time for entries to be delivered through the CCSD mail system (Loc Code 145).

Contest Regulations

Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. Entries cannot be acknowledged or returned; they become property of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Essays cannot be published without written consent from UNLV and the Clark County School District. In consideration for the opportunity to enter the 2016 Presidential Debate Essay Contest, participants agree to allow UNLV, CCSD, and the LVCVA to use their names, photographs, and essays for promotional and publicity purposes. A scholarship winner who decides not to attend UNLV within two years of graduating high school forfeits any right to the scholarship amount. By entering, the participants agree to be bound by these rules and decisions of the judges and UNLV. UNLV may cancel the contest without notice at anytime.