Honorarium to the teacher/sponsor of each of the top three writers The LWV strives to encourage informed citizenship. As informed citizens, we examine events around us and form educated opinions that shape what we say and do. This contest is offered as an opportunity to think about an issue and then, through the writing process, to develop and explain a position on the topic. Topic:
No matter what the outcome, the 2016 presidential election campaign has been, by all accounts, brutally divisive. With all of the noise it has been difficult to discern truth. This year we are asking you, as a voter or a potential voter, to tell your story as a citizen who has lived this experience and learned from it. Examples of questions to answer in your essay—although you may choose to address other ones—are: Which candidate did you find compelling and why? What standards did you use to judge candidate competency to fulfill the office of president, if elected? What sources of information did you rely upon and how did they shape your thinking? What lessons for the future did you learn?
This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who are attending any Fayette County school.