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El Dorado County Democrats announce annual essay contest for high schools

The El Dorado County Democratic Party is hosting its fifth annual essay contest for junior and senior high school students in county public high schools. First place is $1,000, second place is $500 and third place receives $250.

The question to be addressed in each essay is, “Discuss the positive and/or negative influences electronic media might have on providing citizens with reliable information about important issues.”

Last year’s top winner was Morgan Sander from Golden Sierra High School, and her school was awarded a trophy for her achievement. Last year’s question was, “What do you think should be the top priority of the new administration and why?”

Last year, 100 students participated in the contest.

Essays will be judged on originality, persuasiveness, clarity, proper grammar and citations of source material. Essays will be judged by a panel of three, and no member of an El Dorado County Democratic club may be a judge. Essays must be received by no later than January 15, 2010.

“Our goals are to develop a contest that reflects Democratic values of community involvement and inclusiveness and to promote the participation and critical thinking of students about important issues,” said essay contest chair Fred Winn in a prepared release.

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For information, contact Fred Winn at (530) 344-8114, or visit the El Dorado County Democrats Web site at http://www.eldoradodemocrats.org for entry form and submission requirements.