Last week, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $400 award to Benton Middle School seventh grade student Lucas Young for winning third place in her office’s 25th annual Slogan Contest. Young’s slogan, “There’s nothing sweeter than to elect your leader,” was chosen by the public in an online poll. He met with Grimes in her office at the State Capitol in Frankfort.

The slogan contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues. Middle school students are invited to submit original, attention-grabbing slogans that communicate the importance of registering to vote, voting and otherwise participating in elections.

“The slogan contest is a great way to get students interested in our elections process even before they are eligible to cast a ballot,” said Grimes. “I am proud of Lucas and all of the students who chose to participate. Their messages have already reached people all across the Commonwealth.”

The monetary awards were contributed by KEA and KEA Retired, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Department of Education, the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center and the EKU Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES).





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