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League of Women Voters of Lexington seeking student entries for annual essay contest

The League of Women Voters of Lexington is sponsoring an essay contest for Fayette County high school students asking them to write an op-ed on the following:

Given that the first amendment of our Constitution protects “the freedom of speech and of the press,” is there any way to avoid the influence of distorted or false reports? In these contentious political times, how do you evaluate the information that comes your way? What sources do you feel you can trust and why?

The contest is open to any student in grades 9-12 who attends a Fayette County school. Private school and home-schooled students are eligible. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 8, 2017.

Monetary prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place will be awarded in January. There also will be a special recognition of ESL writing of $100. An honorarium will be awarded to the teacher/sponsors each of the winning writers.

Students and teachers can learn more about the contest by e-mailing Essay Contest Committee chair, Judy Johnson at lexington.lwvessaycontest@gmail.com or visiting the League’s Web site at www.lwvlexington.com.

“We sponsor the Essay Contest to encourage high school students to think about our democratic process and to provide an avenue for students to express themselves in writing,” said Tammy Fagley, president of the Lexington League.

From League of Women Voters of Lexington

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