League Of Women Voters Sponsors High School Essay/Video Contest

Submitted By The League of Women Voters.

The League of Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area is sponsoring an essay and video contest, “Y VOTE”, for high school students to share their thoughts on the importance of voting.

All students in the participating high schools of Somerset and Middlesex County are eligible to enter, regardless of whether they are yet able to register to vote.  The writer of the winning essay and the producer of the winning video will each receive a prize of $500 and will be recognized at an awards ceremony.  Honorable mentions will be awarded to runners-up in the competition.

The deadline for submissions is October 10, and winners will be announced on October 25.

Essay submissions should be no longer than 500 words and video entries cannot exceed three minutes.  We are looking for creative, effective and inspirational entries that focus on issues and personal experiences.  Entries should be a call to action, describing the importance of using our votes to influence the direction of our democracy.  They may not include endorsements or criticisms of individual candidates or of political parties.

Students of participating schools should send their entries to:  YVoteContest2018@gmail.com

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a history of promoting informed voter participation and enhanced citizen engagement.  With these goals in mind, GNBA league members have been active throughout the year in voter registration drives, with a particular emphasis on our high schools and newly eligible voters, inspiring the “Y VOTE” contest.

“This year, we have worked along side, and been inspired by, local high school students as they have stepped up their voter registration and activism.  We hope this contest allows us to carry that message and enthusiasm to an even wider audience,” says Jill Lewis-Spector, Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of New Jersey.


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