Young women’s essay contest: how to impact Wyoming history?

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — When Wyoming was still a territory, women were granted the right to vote on Dec. 10, 1869.

150 years later, the Wyoming Department of Education wants to know how young women want to influence the state’s history.

“Today’s young women must continue the tradition and add their own
achievements to Wyoming’s legacy,” Superintendent Jillian Balow said. “As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I want to know what the future holds for Wyoming through the minds of our youth.”

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Ballow announced an essay contest for girls in 7-12 grade. The contest is titled “How will you be part of Wyoming’s history?”

Young women are asked to write essays of up to 500 words on this topic and submit them by the deadline of Oct. 31.

“One winner will come to Cheyenne on December 10, with one parent/guardian to read their essay or speak at the Capitol on Women’s Suffrage Day,” the announcement adds. “They will also meet women leaders from the executive and legislative branches and other officials.”

Essays should be sumbitted via email to Penny Rodriquez at penny.rodriquez@wyo.gov.

Ballow and others at the Wyoming Department of Education will evaluate the essays and select a winner. The winner will be notified by Nov. 10.