First Place: $250 cash Second Place: $150 cash Third Place: $100 cash

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Essay Contest


First Place: $250 cash

Second Place: $150 cash

Third Place: $100 cash

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.

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.

  • Essays are to be printed double-spaced, using no smaller than 12 point font, and should be approximately three pages excluding the title page.

  • Essays should be research-based, thoughtful, organized writings.

  • The deadline for submission is Friday, December 9, 2016. Awards will be presented in January, 2017. Entering contestants should submit the following:

  1. Title Page- Submit all information requested on the attached Essay Title Page form.

2. The Essay- Follow rules for content and format.
Essays mailed to:


P.O. Box 22045, Lexington, KY 40522-2045

must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2016
Email submissions may also be made by midnight on December 9, 2016

to Judy Johnson at

Questions may be submitted to the above email address at any time. Information on the Essay Contest can be found at

2016-17 LWV Essay Title Page

Home Address/Zip:
Email Address:
Fayette County School:
Sponsoring Teacher:
Teacher’s E-mail Address:

  • In submitting an essay the writer of this work gives the Lexington LWV permission to publish his/her writing and photo on the League website.

  • Each essay must be accompanied by a Title Page including the information requested above.

  • Information about the Essay Contest may be obtained on the League of Women Voters Website or by addressing questions to Judy Johnson at

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