Essay Contest

Several years ago, the Lexington LWV board discussed ways to engage high school students and decided to offer a writing contest which would focus on a different important issue related to citizenship each year.  Since then every challenge offered has elicited thoughtful, intelligent ideas.  Recent topics have included: 

  • Fostering Open Communication in a Divisive Climate (2018)

  • How to Evaluate News & Identify Fake News (2017)

  • The 2016 Election– Experiences, Issues, Learnings (2016)

  • Public Policy Issue of Student's Choice– Explain the Policy& Offer Ideas to Solve (2015)

  • The Surge of Unaccompanied Children Entering the U.S. without Immigration Documents (2014)

  • Gerrymandering and Ways to Combat its Influence (2013)

  • The Impact of the Citizen United Decision (2012)

For anyone interested in the writing process and young writers, this project offers an exciting opportunity.  People power is needed to generate a timely topic, read and score the resulting essays. The committee then meets to discuss the essays and select winners. Finally, a representative of the League presents the prizes to the students in the classroom.  The Essay Committee can always use new worker bees!





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For three years in a row, Theodore Ehrenborg has been among the top three writers in the Lexington LWV Essay Contest, scoring two 3rds and one 1st.  A student at Henry Clay HS, Theo always demonstrated critical thinking and excellent writing skills.  Now this message from the former winner:

“I just learned a few days ago that I will be attending Cambridge University, which is exciting for me.” 

Exciting for us also!  Fly high, Theo!

L to R: Theresa McCarty, LWV representative; Theodore Ehrenborg; HCHS teacher Scott Brown.

L to R: Theresa McCarty, LWV representative; Theodore Ehrenborg; HCHS teacher Scott Brown.

We are currently seeking volunteers to score essays and also to serve in a leadership role for the essay contest!