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Sanders announces State of the Union essay contest

November 11, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is inviting Vermont high students to write about issues of national importance for his annual State of the Union essay contest .

Contestants write 250-500 word essays to coincide with the president’s “State of the Union” speech in January.

Sanders, an independent, says it’s a way for students to think about solutions to the country’s challenges. He says “they are the future of our country, and they must be involved in discussions about where our nation needs to go.”

A volunteer panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays.

Twenty finalists will be invited to a discussion with Sanders at the Statehouse. Their essays will be entered in the Congressional Record, the official archive of the U.S. Congress.

The deadline to submit essays is Jan. 9, 2019.

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