A plea for 18-year-olds to vote earned top honors for Sheyla Sanchez, of Fred W. Traner Middle School in Reno, in the first week of the Supreme Court of Nevada’s Law Day 2014 Easy Essay Contest.
Miss Sanchez has won a $100 cash card for her winning entry. The essay was chosen by judges ahead of 163 other entries as the best in Week One of the contest.
In addition, Shelby Riddle, of Centennial High School in Las Vegas, and Julian Peters Dinkins, of Beacon Academy of Nevada, an online high school based in Las Vegas, will be awarded, respectively, $50 and $25 cash cards, for winning second and third place in the writing contest.
The Easy Essay Contest – involving essays of 100 words or less – will continue four more weeks, with three weekly winners receiving $100, $50, and $25 cash cards courtesy of Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry in cooperation with the State Bar of Nevada.
Each Monday a new contest begins with the posting of an essay question on the Supreme Court’s Law Day webpage. The winning essays will be posted each week on the Law Day webpage to showcase the talents of Nevada’s students.
The Week One question was:
Persons 18-20 years old have the lowest voter turnout. How can you convince your friends in that age group to vote?
Here is Sheyla Sanchez’s winning essay:
Sheyla Sanchez, Fred W. Traner Middle School
$100 Cash Card
In the past, women fought for suffrage. They made protests and put in a huge amount of effort to get the right to vote. African Americans, similar to women, fought for their voting rights until they got them. Nowadays, myriads of people whom actually have the right to vote, do not vote, they simply think that others will vote for them or they just don’t care. In order to get people to vote, I would do the following. I would make posters with my friends saying things that may help to persuade people ages eighteen through 21 to vote and also participate. Second, I would tell voters to take advantage of the fact that they are allowed to vote unlike many people in the past. Every count votes and absolutely everyone has a say in this country. Therefore, I very strongly encourage everyone over the age of 18 to vote and spread the word so that many more other people have also a say in this country and remember, every vote counts.
Shelby Riddle, Centennial High School
$50 Cash Card
We re-elect or elect a new president every four years. Thousands of people all across the nation vote yet thousands don’t. The majority of these thousands are ranging in age from 18 to 20 years old. Why? Possibly, because they are unsure of who and how to vote. They are new to the process and could be new to politics. To solve this issue we can organize campaigns and information directed specifically for the new coming voters. We can share more detailed information about all competitors running for president to be sure that the voters know exactly who they want to vote for and why. As well as campaign information we can help them out with detailed instructions on how and where to actually vote. By doing these things we can be sure to get the new voter’s votes in and counted!
Come Build A Better World With Me
Julian Peters Dinkins, Beacon Academy Of Nevada
$25 Cash Card
I will do my part in reversing the trend of low young-voter turnout, by using every public juncture to remind my friends that if they want their voices heard, they mustn’t shout against the wind, but have the world tremble with their vote. I will use social networking, to become a resounding noise in their ear. I will talk to my friends about the issues that they have shown themselves to be invested in, and remind them that every vote they sit out, is another vote cast against that investment. I’m building a better world, and voting is my tool.