Rep. Reives announces essay contest for Chatham high schoolers

Posted 9/15/21

The office of Rep. Robert Reives II (D-Dist. 54) is hosting an essay contest to encourage civic engagement in young people across Chatham County. This contest will be open to high school students in …

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Rep. Reives announces essay contest for Chatham high schoolers

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The office of Rep. Robert Reives II (D-Dist. 54) is hosting an essay contest to encourage civic engagement in young people across Chatham County. This contest will be open to high school students in Chatham who are interested in state and local government.

“This essay contest is a great opportunity for high schoolers in Chatham County to share what they know about state and local government, and maybe learn something new as well,” Reives said. “We all know how important it is to learn about civics and how government operates from a young age. It takes everyone to make our communities work. That’s why we want to provide this essay contest, as a chance for young folks to gain a sense of ownership around local politics. This generation of students will be the leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to reading their essays and learning more about what is important to them.”

To enter the essay contest:

The essay is open to all high school students in Chatham County; the submission deadline is Oct. 22.

The essay is limited to 750 words. Applicants may choose one of these prompts:

• “If you were serving in the North Carolina State House, what issues would you work on and what would you try to accomplish?”

• “What are some important issues that state government tackles that some people may not be aware of?”

• “Why do you think a better understanding of how state government works is important for your generation?”

The winner will be recognized by Rep. Reives and invited to the General Assembly for a visit.

Submit the finished essay in either a Word Document or PDF with the file named with your name, e.g. RobertReives.doc. When submitting, please include your name, school, grade and an email address for contact at the bottom of the essay.

Applicants may only submit one essay.

Submission link: https://bit.ly/RepReivesEssay

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