6 area students win Promote the Vote awards
Published 4:15 pm Sunday, April 3, 2022
Six students from Lincoln County won awards in the 2021 Promote the Vote program. Secretary of State Michael Watson honored K-12 students and teachers during a special awards ceremony at the Two Mississippi Museums Thursday. The event marked the conclusion of the 2021 Promote the Vote program, a longstanding voter education effort consisting of mock elections, contests, and elections curriculum. The 2021 “Vote Local” theme encouraged students to learn about Mississippi’s municipal elections process.
“Typically, our youth only hear about voting around the time of statewide or presidential elections, so it was important for us to shine a light on the local races which have as much, if not more, of an impact on their lives,” said Watson. “Whether it was through writing or illustration, our Promote the Vote winners successfully showcased their knowledge of local offices and the importance of civic engagement.”
More than 31,000 students participated in the 2021 Promote the Vote program.
Area winners were:
Third-Fifth grade Cartoon Contest
First place, Amelia Laird, Enterprise Attendance Center
Third place, Emmalyn Bridge, Lipsey Middle School
Fourth-Eighth grade Digital Art Contest
First place, Anna Reid Whittington, Alexander Junior High School
Third place, Coleman Knott, Alexander Junior High School
Honorable Mention, Karr Wolfe, Alexander Junior High School
11th-12th grade Essay Contest
Honorable Mention, Ella Haynes Kimbrell of Lincoln County, Parklane Academy