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League of Women Voters of Lexington sponsors annual Jay Ogden Essay Contest for teenagers

The League of Women Voters of Lexington has invited all Fayette County ninth grade through 12th grade social studies/history teachers to encourage their students to participate in the annual Jay Ogden Essay Contest.

Invitations went to public and private schools, as well as to homeschooling associations.

This year’s prompt encourages students to develop their understanding of why U.S. eligible young voters (ages 18-29) have lower voting rates than older voters. Participation in the contest requires research as well as discussion of the issue with peers.

The goal is to help prepare students to be informed citizens who understand the value of voter participation.

Winning students receive $250 for first place, $150 for second place, $100 for third place, and $100 for ESL writing special recognition. A small honorarium is awarded to the teacher/sponsor of each winning writer. Essays are due by Dec. 6, with awards presented in February of 2020.

For any questions about the contest, please email Theresa McCarty at lwvlexessay@gmail.com.

From League of Women Voters of Lexington

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