Today, at the 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning the 25th annual Essay Contest in their respective grades:
• 12th grade – Ariel Mae Head (Muhlenberg County High School)
• 11tg grade – Adrianna Burkhart (Murray High School)
• 10th grade – Coire Thomas Ayres (Covington Catholic High School)
• 9th grade – Jumin Kim (DuPont Manual High School)

The contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues. This year, high school students were invited to write essays regarding the First Amendment and how elections would be affected by the absence of a free press. Entries were judged on research and understanding of voting and the First Amendment, idea development, organization, language and correctness.

“I am excited to recognize these students for their achievement and their commitment to civic engagement,” said Secretary Grimes. “Kentucky’s future is in good hands with leaders like Ariel, Adrianna, Coire and Jumin. All of the contest participants should be proud of their outstanding work. I encourage them to continue to take part in our democratic society and be good citizens.”

Each winner received $1,000 cash, contributed by KEA and KEA Retired, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, the Kentucky Department of Education and EKU Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES).  They also had the privilege of being recognized at center court of Rupp Arena, thanks to the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament organizers.

Winners of the slogan contest, which is open to students in grades 6 through 8, will be announced separately.




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