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Contest open for middle and high-school students' writing, art or podcasts that celebrate trailblazing women


January 16, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.—Washington students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a writing, art, and podcast contest running Jan. 6-April 30 to showcase individuals they believe are ahead of the curve in their communities. The contest is in conjunction with Legacy Washington’s “Ahead of the Curve” exhibit, which opened in September 2019 and celebrates trailblazing women in Washington state history, and the 110th year of Washington State’s inclusion of women’s suffrage in its constitution.

 “I’m thrilled to offer this contest this year and look forward to learning more about those who have made positive impressions on communities throughout our state,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman, whose office encompasses Legacy Washington.

Students wishing to participate in the contest must submit an entry form, along with either a written work, two-dimensional art, or a podcast no later than April 30. Judges will consider factors such as creativity, professionalism, and potential social impact to determine winners.

An entry form, as well as more information about the contest and how to enter can be found on the Secretary of State’s website or at

Winners will be selected in each category in grades 6-8 and 9-12. Selected winners will receive a gift card and a special certificate during an awards ceremony in the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia in June. Winning pieces will be featured on the Secretary of State’s website and social media accounts.


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