To celebrate the 59th governor’s inauguration, First Lady Jane Beshear is sponsoring an essay contest for middle school students.

The theme of the contest is “Kentucky Forward – I Can Help.” In 250 words or less, students are asked to describe what they can do to help move Kentucky toward a better and brighter future.

Students in grades 6-8 are eligible, and each school should select one essay to represent its students. Essay submissions are due to the Kentucky Department of Education on Friday, Dec. 2. All essays will be reviewed by a state panel of judges. The winner will be notified as soon as scoring is complete, and the essay will be highlighted during inaugural events on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Frankfort.

Essays may be sent to Donna Melton in the Division of Innovation and Partner Engagement, Community Engagement Branch, at the following address:

Donna Melton, Community Engagement Branch Kentucky Department of Education 1st Floor, 500 Mero St., Frankfort, KY 40601

For more information, contact Melton at (502) 564-1473.