Lt. Gov. Loren Leman announced an essay contest open to all 11th- and 12th-grade Alaska students. Essays must discuss the significance of the Electoral College to Alaska and the United States. The winner will be invited to present the essay at the Casting Alaska's Electoral Votes event at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art auditorium. If the winner is from outside the Anchorage area, travel reimbursement will be provided.
Entrant must include a stapled cover sheet with their name, address, e-mail address (if available), the name and address of their high school and their current grade level.
The essay also must be solely the work of the entrant, no fewer than 300 words and no more than 1,000 words in length. The essay must be type-written and double spaced. Essays will be judged on style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. The topic must focus on the significance of the Electoral College to Alaska and the United States. One entry per student is allowed. Entries will not be returned. Essays must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 3.
The winner will be notified by Dec. 8. Essays will be accepted by mail at Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1700, Anchorage, AK 99501, e-mailed to Lieutenant_ Governor@gov.state.ak.us or faxed to (907) 269-0263.
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