Only two weeks remain for students to submit entries for the 24th annual Essay and Slogan Contest, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging all eligible students to participate. The Contest addresses election-related issues and is intended to expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote in local, state and national elections.

“We recently had a record number of students participate in the Kentucky Student Mock Election, and I hope we will see the same excitement about the Essay and Slogan contest,” said Grimes. “In addition to learning about and engaging in the democratic system, students who enter the contest have the chance to win valuable prizes.”

Students in grades 6-8 are eligible to enter the voter slogan portion of the Contest, and students in grades 9-12 may take part in the essay portion. The first, second, and third place winners in the Slogan Contest will receive savings bonds worth $1000, $600, and $400, respectively. In the Essay Contest, a first-place prize of a $2000 savings bond will be awarded for each high school grade level.

In addition to the Secretary of State, the contest is sponsored and monetary prizes are provided by KEA and KEA Retired, Harp Enterprises, Election Systems & Software, the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center and Kentuckiana Election Service Co. The University of Kentucky also will assist in judging the essay portion of the Contest.

Grimes said, “Our generous sponsors exemplify responsible corporate citizenship. Without them, it would not be possible to recognize and reward Kentucky students’ accomplishments through the contest.” 

Prompts, rules, and entry forms for the Essay and Slogan Contest are available on the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.civics.ky.gov/educators/students/contest.htm. All guidelines must be met for any entry to be considered by Contest judges, and all entries must be electronically submitted by 5 p.m. (EST) on December 1, 2012, or postmarked by that date.




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