© 2017 by Rockin' Democracy in Brunswick County

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North Carolina high school students, join the fun and promote voting among young people in Brunswick County!  Tell us why "Your Vote Counts" for a chance to win $100 and an opportunity to read or recite your essay on stage during the Rockin' Democracy in Brunswick County block party. A high school winner and a college winner will be selected.   


  • Contest is open to all North Carolina high school and 2-year and 4-year college students.

  • Entries must be approximately 500 words in length.

  • Entries must relate to the importance of voting – past, present, and future – in a nonpartisan way.

Judging Criteria

Judges will evaluate entries on a scale of 1 to 10 for each of the following criteria:

  • overall impact (educational, inspiring, persuasive) - 4 points (40%)

  • Memorable content and delivery - 2 points (20%)

  • Clear message - 2 points (20%)

  • Creativity - 2 points (20%)

Submission Information

  • Email essays to rockindemocracybrunsco@gmail.com.

  • Submission must include name, email address, phone number, and name of school. 

  • All entries must be received by 5:00 pm on May 1, 2018.

  • Winner will be announced on or before June 1, 2018.  

PR Permission

By entering this contest, you grant permission for your essay to be published on our website, press release, or used as an effort to encourage voter registration and voting.  

Contest Contact

Address questions and comments about the essay contest to Melissa Warren via email at rockindemocracybrunsco@gmail.com.