LETTER: League of Women Voters essay contest begins

To the editor:

The League of Women Voters of Brown County is working with middle school and high school educators to launch the League’s next annual essay contest.

The contest begins Monday, Nov. 29 with final essays due on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

The prompt for the essay contest is: “We do not have government by the majority,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. “We have government by the majority who participate.” Jefferson and other founders understood the importance of civic participation, yet today America’s voter turnout is increasingly low. What factors play into this lack of participation and what can or should be done to increase voter turnout in Indiana?

Students in grade 8 and grades 9 to 12 – from public, private and home schools – are invited to participate.

Cash prizes will be awarded separately for winners in grade 8 and in grades 9 to 12. First Place: $250; second place $150; third place $75.

The essay contest will be judged anonymously by retired teachers.

The League’s website has details on the essay contest. Go to www.lwvbrowncounty.org to get an entry package with rules and for more information.

Laurie Teal, co-vice president of League of Women Voters of Brown County