Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Recognizes 26th Annual Essay Contest Winners

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 20, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov
 


Today, at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning her office’s 26th annual Essay Contest in their respective grades:
• 12th grade – Virginia Emerson Call (Dupont Manual High School)
• 11th grade – Amir Lowell Abou-Jaoude (Henry Clay High School)
• 10th grade – Aidan Donaghy (Covington Catholic High School)
• 9th grade – Rebekah Hope George (Henry Clay 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 the role news media plays in elections. 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 Grimes. “Kentucky’s future is in good hands with leaders like Virginia, Amir, Aidan and Rebekah. 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, the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, the Kentucky Department of Education, and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The students 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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