We want to hear what you have to say.

About Operation Protect & Defend

Operation Protect & Defend gives you the opportunity to explore a current constitutional law issue and weigh in with your own point of view through dialogue, writing, and art. You will learn about important cases and laws related to this year’s issue, and you will discuss it with your classmates and in a dialogue with a local attorney and judge.

After the dialogue, you’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts about the issue through writing and/or art. You’ll be able to compete with students across the Sacramento region in an essay contest and/or an art contest that could lead to cash awards!


The Story of America Essay Contest:

Entry Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018

Contest Rules
Scoring Guidlines 
Previous Entry Winners (coming soon)


Modern Masters of Art Contest:

Entry Deadline: April 3, 2018

Contest Rules
Scoring Guidlines 
Previous Entry Winners


Student FAQ's

What are the eligibility requirements for entering the contests?

You must be in a class that is participating in the Operation Protect & Defend Dialogue program.

Do I have to participate in both competitions?

No. Students may enter either or both the essay and art competitions, but need not enter both.