Susan B. Anthony Committee hosting essay contest

Award winners to be honored during the Kenosha County Suffrage Celebration Aug. 24 at Twilight Jazz


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In celebration and recognition of the 101st Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, the Susan B. Anthony Committee, in coordination with the Women’s Fund Committee, is encouraging Kenosha area students to participate in an essay contest!

Students must answer the question: “Last year was a historic year for women in America, with a record number of women elected to Congress, the election of our first female Vice President, and the fifth woman to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court. These women represent a diversity of views and don’t all agree on
issues. But they all blazed new trails for women. How does having women with different views and from different backgrounds benefit America?”

Essay length is determined by category entry; see guidelines below.

There will be three age-group categories based on the 2020-2021 school year:

  • High School: Grades 9-12; 250-500 words with three sources cited
  • Middle School: Grades 6-8; 250-500 words
  • Elementary: Grades 3-5; 75-250 words

Prizes awarded:

  • High School: 1st Place: $350; 2nd Place: $250; 3rd Place: $150
  • Middle School: 1st Place: $250; 2nd Place: $150; 3rd Place: $100
  • Elementary: 1st Place: $100; 2nd Place: $75; 3rd Place: $50

Judging criteria:

Content (75%)

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essay question posed
  • Describe the positive impact on you and the world
  • Write with originality
  • Provide supporting evidence (High School submissions must provide three resources, which are not included in the word count)

Presentation (25%)

  • Quality and Organization
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling

The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 16. Winners will be invited to receive their awards on Tuesday, August 24, at the Kenosha County Suffrage Celebration at Twilight Jazz at the Anderson Arts Center, so mark your calendar now to cheer them on!

Entries shall be submitted to:

By Email:
By US Mail: Becky Matoska
4214 109th Street
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158