Students in grades 9-12 in Clatsop County are invited to submit an original personal essay to win cash prizes. The essays, on the topic "Why I Will Always Vote,” should be no more than 500 words, double-spaced with 12-point font. A cover page should include the title, student name, age, grade, school, email address, and phone number. Winners will be announced at the end of October. Complete rules are at

First prize is $250; second prize is $150; and third prize is $100. Essays are due on Monday, Oct. 7, by midnight. Submit via email to

Last year’s winners were from Naselle-Grays River Valley School and Astoria High School. This contest is a nonpartisan Vote the Future project of Indivisible North Coast Oregon and the American Association of University Women, Astoria.

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