Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Recognizes North Middle School Student in 26th Annual Slogan Contest

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 13, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Today, Secretary of State Alison Grimes recognized Savannah Hobbs, a North Middle School student, for finishing in third place in the Secretary of State’s 26th Annual Slogan Contest. Hobbs’ submission, “The future begins with you, so lead the way and vote today,” was chosen by the public to help promote voting in Kentucky. Hobbs received a $400 cash prize for placing third.

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 or otherwise participating in elections.

“The slogan contest is a great way to get students interested in our election process even before they are eligible to cast a ballot,” said Grimes. “I am proud of 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, the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, the Kentucky Department of Education, and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Secretary Grimes will present awards to the first- and second-place winners in separate ceremonies.

Winners of the essay contest, which is open to students in grades 9 through 12, were previously announced.