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Grimes accepting nominations for 2019 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that her office is accepting nominations for the 2019 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award.

The award recognizes teachers, school administrators, legislators and community leaders who have made significant contributions toward promoting civic learning to teach students the importance of being engaged citizens. “Throughout my life, I have looked up to some incredible educators and mentors along the way. They helped instill in me a love for serving others,” Grimes said.

Alison Lundergan Grimes

“I know that many of the young Kentuckians I meet have mentors like mine supporting their interests and helping them seek their dreams. The Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award is a way to recognize those people who dedicate their time, energy, and are committed to the success of Kentucky’s youth, our future leaders.”

The award winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize to be used to further his or her civic learning initiatives. One finalist is selected from each Kentucky High School Athletic Association region and each will receive a $250 award. The award winner and the finalists are recognized during the KHSAA Boy’s Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament in Lexington in March.

Eric Sexton of Edmonton (Region 4) received the 2018 award. He organizes leadership government sessions for local middle and high school students, which provides them first-hand experience with state government in Frankfort and meetings with their state legislators. Sexton regularly helps organize high school voter registration and education drives. As a career/college coordinator in Metcalfe County, Sexton oversaw a 20 percent increase in college-bound graduates. He received a $1,000 award to be used toward resources for his civic programs.

Application/Nomination forms and additional information about the award are available at sos.ky.gov. The Office of the Secretary of State sponsors this award with the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Kentucky Department of Education.

The deadline for nominations and submissions is March 8.

From Office of the Secretary of State

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