Secretary of State
DEADLINE FOR ESSAY AND SLOGAN CONTESTS IS JANUARY 15, 2012

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 12, 2012  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov
 


The Secretary of State’s office has started receiving entries for the annual essay contest for students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and slogan contest for students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Kentucky’s General Assembly established the contests, which address elections-related issues, in 1988. The purpose of the competition is to expand civic awareness of students who soon will be eligible to vote in local, state and national elections.

Entries for both programs must be either postmarked by January 15, 2012, or electronically submitted to matthew.daley@ky.gov by 5 p.m. (EST) on that date. For more information, including rules, judging criteria and the essay prompt, visit www.sos.ky.gov/contest.

“Civics education is vital to meaningful engagement in our democratic society,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.  “We hope these programs inspire students and all Kentuckians to participate in local, state and national processes, including exercising their right to vote.”

The Secretary of State will announce the winners—who will receive monetary awards—no later than the end of March, and their work will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website.

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