Sayward announces 11th annual NFWL-NRA essay contest

WILLSBORO Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R,I,C - Willsboro) has announced the National Foundation for Women Legislators, in conjunction with the National Rifle Association, will be holding its 11th Annual Bill of Rights Essay Contest. The contest is open to all female high school juniors and seniors who are interested in winning a $3,000 college scholarship as well as a trip to the 2008 NFWL Annual Conference in November, accompanied by Assemblywoman Sayward. This year's essay topic is "The Great Enfranchisement: Women's Suffrage." Applicants are asked to write a 400-600 word essay on how the enfranchisement of American women was achieved from the 1890s to 1920. The Scholarship Committee will weigh four specific elements in submissions: Story-telling ability, especially expressive and dramatic stories; how much your writing inspires its audience; how clearly you understand the U.S. Bill of Rights; and how much original insight you convey about heroic qualities and how our constitutional rights can enable a woman to actuate those heroic qualities. Errors in spelling and grammar can have a disqualifying effect. All young women in 11th and 12th grade are encouraged to participate. Interested persons should contact Assemblywoman Sayward at 792-4546 for an application and essay guidelines.

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