Deadline extended to May 1 for LWV Piedmont essay contest for high schoolers

Due to COVID-19, deadline is extended to May 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm, PST. $500 cash prize for the winner, to be notified by June 1, 2020.

In honor of its centennial, the League of Women Voters of Piedmont is sponsoring an essay contest open to all high school juniors and seniors currently enrolled in Piedmont High School or Millennium High School.

Essays should answer the question, “As the League of Women Voters celebrates its centennial year, and in this Presidential election year, how can the youngest generation of eligible voters engage to create a more perfect democracy?”

Students may, but are not required to, rely on outside sources that are properly cited within the text and in a bibliography. No specific format is required for citations or bibliography, but applicants should include enough information to readily verify sources. Citations do not count toward the total number of words.

The essay should draw on personal experiences and insights. Essays will be judged on originality, clarity of expression, vocabulary and style, proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students are encouraged to have a teacher, parent or mentor review the essay prior to submission, keeping in mind that all work must be the student’s own.

Format: Essays must be 250-500 words excluding citations. Entries must be typed, double-spaced in pdf format. Please include the following information at the top of your essay or on a separate cover page: • title of essay • first and last name • name of your school • current grade (junior or senior) Submission: Please submit completed essays via email to

Deadline: Now May 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. $500 cash prize for first place winner. Winner will be notified by June 1, 2020.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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