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Essay on voting targets high schoolers

Friday, September 14, 2018

To promote the importance of voting, area high school students are invited to participate in an essay contest, “I Will Vote.”

It’s open to all high school students in grades 9 to 12 in Clatsop County or Pacific County, Wash.

Indivisible North Coast Oregon and the American Association of University Women Astoria and Seaside chapters are the contest’s sponsors. Winners will get $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third place.

“Voting is the bedrock of our democracy, and yet numerous sources indicate it’s the voters under 24 who have the poorest turnout,” said Melissa Ousley, a local educator who’s a member of the contest committee. “We want this essay contest to inspire students to pay more attention to their rights and to the importance of voting.”

Essays should be 500 words or less and will be judged on reasoning, perspective, clarity and authenticity.

Entries must be typed and submitted to by Oct. 8. Winners will be announced Oct. 29, before the Nov. 6 midterm election.

Complete rules and instructions are available online at

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