Clover Hill High freshman Sydney Dudley was chosen as one of two high school winners for the Virginia Women in History 2017 student writing contest. Four middle and high school students were honored as statewide winners in the Encyclopedia Virginia and the Library of Virginia’s annual contest.
Participants studied social reformer Nora Houston, an advocate for women’s right to vote. Students then submitted a 400-word essay about what they would do to cast an informed vote and how they could help others make an informed decision. Approximately 400 middle and high school students from across Virginia submitted essays.
“When I come of age to vote, I want to be certain that my ballot goes to a person whom I believe can lead our country into an era of prosperity and peace,” Sydney wrote. “In order to make an informed decision about who I should vote for, I will conduct research on candidates to see how their influence will impact our society.”
“The right to vote is a hallmark of a democratic society, and it is inspiring to see our students take a strong interest in strengthening our future,” said Dianne Smith, who represents Clover Hill High as the Clover Hill District representative on the School Board. “Congratulations to Sydney for her statewide recognition, and for her willingness to learn more about becoming involved in the electoral process.”
The winning students were honored at a special ceremony on March 30 at the Library of Virginia. The winners were asked to read their essays and received a Kindle Fire. In addition, the student’s school received a $250 cash award.
To read Sydney’s full essay, visit http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2017/essay_sydney.pdf.