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Youth Essay Contest - Youth Suffrage

I can't say how few submissions we have, but a local teenager submitting an essay now has a VERY good chance of winning !

"BRATTLEBORO REFORMER" Day Managing Editor Bob Audette will judge


$500 FIRST PRIZE, two $100 second prizes. HOW: write essay on the subject: "YOUTH SUFFRAGE: SHOULD THE VOTING AGE BE LOWERED"

Approximately 1000-1500 words (flexible) in Microsoft Word or text (.txt) format, double-spaced, 1" margins, 100% magnification. On separate page include yours and your parents' contact info (not included in word count).

WHO: People 18 years of age or younger who are Brattleboro residents or BUHS students. Submit only a single original essay.

WHEN: by 10AM December 27 submit essay to BrattleboroCommonSense@gmail.com .

There is no entry fee.

Homeschoolers are eligible if they only do some of their schooling in Brattleboro.

Winners will be announced in the "Brattleboro Reformer" 12/28/13, and winning essays will be published in the "Brattleboro Reformer" .



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A strange way to announce a youth contest

This is a strange way to announce a youth contest, as you write: “I can't say how few submissions we have, but a local teenager submitting an essay now has a VERY good chance of winning !”

But if there are so “few submissions,” why is that so? And, if you have so few submissions, then it won’t give Bob Audette much to go by to form a real judgment of who the winners are!

Of course, if a teen submits "now" they have, as you write: "a VERY good chance of winning!" If only 3 teens send a submission, then all 3 will win and there is no real contest!!

If the topic and taken position of “youth suffrage” is so important to our community, then why was this community posting on iBrattleboro only submitted on December 25th?

How long, and, where else has this contest been advertised?

Moreover, it takes a lot of mental acumen to write a 1000 to 1500 word essay – on any topic! Why such short notice?


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