Hoeven Encourages North Dakota Students to Enter Making Democracy Work Essay Contest

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today encouraged North Dakota students in grades 6-12 to enter the 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, this year’s essay topic is “Examining the role of informed citizens in making the American system of representative self-government work.” Prizes will be awarded to the top entries, including a first place prize that includes travel to Washington, D.C. to present the winning essay at the annual meeting of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.  

            “Our country is founded on the belief that each citizen has individual rights, including the right to democratically elect our leaders,” said Hoeven. “At a time when our country is working to promote this right on a global level, as we did during the recent Iranian elections, it is important to consider America’s own system of representative self-government. Our nation’s students represent our future leaders, and I encourage North Dakota students to share their unique insights by participating in this essay contest.”  

            More information and submission guidelines are available here. Submissions must be postmarked or submitted electronically by Friday, June 15, 2012.