Secretary of State
Middle School Students Coin Voting Slogans

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 23, 2012  
Revision Date:  Friday, March 23, 2012 
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Cell: 502-330-9839

Three middle school students were voted by the public as having coined the best slogans to promote voting in Kentucky. Mackenzie F. Brunson, a sixth-grade student at Northern Middle School in Pulaski County garnered nearly 75% of the votes for her winning slogan, “Voting! Kentucky’s fuel of democracy.” Brunson will receive a $500 cash prize for her first-place finish. Second place and a $300 award went to Tyler Lawrence, a seventh-grader at Benton Middle School in Marshall County, for the slogan, “Drop the remote, put on your coat and go vote!” Melody Decker, who is in the eighth grade at Union County Middle School in Morganfield, won third place and a $200 prize for her submission: “You determine Kentucky’s future, make the right choice. Vote!”

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/or otherwise participating in elections.

“Today is Democracy Day, the anniversary of the enactment of the 26th Amendment, which guarantees to 18-year-olds the right to vote,” noted Secretary Grimes. “But we know it is important that students understand at an early age, even before becoming eligible to vote, the importance of civic engagement; I am proud of these winners and all the participants for their involvement,” she continued. “The impact of the slogan contest reaches far beyond the contestants, as thousands of people vote for their favorite. I hope it encourages not only the students but all Kentuckians to be active in our democratic society.” 

The monetary awards were contributed by Houchens Industries, KEA Retired, Turner Construction, the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, and US Bank. Secretary Grimes will present the awards to the winners individually.

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