The Office of the Secretary of State’s 2017-18 Essay and Slogan Contest is accepting student entries. The contest helps students get engaged in the democratic process and demonstrate a commitment to active citizenship.

The slogan contest is open to students in grades 6-8; the essay contest is for students in grades 9-12. Cash prizes will be awarded to students in both divisions, including $1,000 awards for the first-place slogan and for the winning essay at each high school grade level. A $500 prize will be awarded to the school with the highest participation rate.

The entry deadline is Dec. 15. Visit the secretary of state’s website for more information and entry forms.