League of Women Voters holds annual essay contest

The League of Women Voters of Blount County is pleased to announce its 2010 Essay Contest open to all high school students in Blount County.

Vandy Kemp, LWVBC co-president, said the annual contest “encourages students to think and write about engagement in the political process. An additional goal is to promote serious discussion among high school students, their teachers, and parents and to complement existing class activities.”

This year’s essay topic is: “Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and others think that Americans need a better understanding of government with attention to the rights and duties of citizenship. Do you think that ‘civics’ is covered sufficiently by high school government courses or should there be more? Why or why not?”

A $200 U.S. Savings Bond is awarded for first place, and a $100 bond is awarded for second. “This is the fourth year of the contest,” Kemp said. “In the past we have had winners from Alcoa, Heritage, and William Blount high schools. Some teachers use the essay topic as a classroom activity. We hope that students throughout Blount County will participate.”

Contest instructions and rules can be found at www.discoveret.org/lwvbc/LWV_essay_contest_2010.pdf. All entries must be postmarked by November 22 for consideration.

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