Thank you for your interest in the Secretary of State's Annual Slogan Contest. The Slogan Contest is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in our democratic process, with the possibility of winning valuable prizes. Especially in light of the trend of decreasing voter participation among the youngest demographics, Secretary Grimes encourages all students and teachers to demonstrate their commitment to active citizenship by participating in the Contest.
Winners of the Slogan Contest will be chosen by an online poll open to the public, and prizes will be awarded to the overall first, second, and third-place winners. For the 2016-2017 Slogan Contest, first place will receive a $1000 cash award; second place will receive a $600 cash award; and third place will receive a $400 cash award.
Winners will be notified no later than March 2017 and will be invited to participate in a presentation with Secretary Grimes or her representative.
Please review this webpage or download the informational packet
for complete information regarding the Slogan Contest. If you have any questions, please contact the office at (502) 564-3490 or via email
Slogan Contest Rules
1. The Slogan Contest is open to all Kentucky students in grades 6-8.
2. Slogan entry is limited to one per student.
3. Students must submit their slogans on the prescribed entry form
. All sections of the entry form must be completed.
4. Students may submit their slogans online
or by mail to:
ATTN: Slogan and Essay Contest
Office of the Secretary of State
Suite 152, State Capitol
700 Capital Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
5. All entries must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (EST) December 16, 2016, or postmarked by that date, to be eligible for consideration.
6. Entries become the property of the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office and may be used for other purposes with credit to the author. Winning entries will be posted on the Secretary of State's website and may be used for other civic-related material.
7. All guidelines
must be met for any entry to be considered by contest judges.
Write a slogan that addresses voting, voter registration, and/or elections in Kentucky.
For judging purposes, the slogan must be an attention-grabbing word or phrase that expresses the importance of eligible Kentuckians participating in local, state and national elections by registering and going to the polls, or the democratic freedom of participating in elections.
Past Slogan Contest Winners
2016 Slogan Contest Winners
1st Place - "Don't live in the past, vote for the future"
Vanessa Seavers, North Middle School, Henderson
2nd Place - "Your state needs you to take part, know your candidate, vote smart"
Isaac Damrath, North Middle School, Henderson
3rd Place - "Do what's right. Make Kentucky's future bright! Vote today!"
Maddie Prospero, Villa Madonna Academy, Villa Hills
2015 Slogan Contest Winners
1st Place - "Be Smart, Do Your Part. Vote!"
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Lee, Elkhorn Middle School, Franklin County
2nd Place - "If you want to fight for what you think is right, vote vote vote!"
Lauryn Robinson, Clark Moores Middle School, Madison County
3rd Place - "The future begins with you, so lead the way and vote today."
Savannah Hobbs, North Middle School, Henderson County
2014 Slogan Contest Winners
1st Place - "Don't stay home and think you might. Go vote now, the time is right!"
Evan Chaney, North Middle School, Henderson County
2nd Place - "If you want a say, vote today!"
Nathan El Farrah, Beth Haven Christian School, Jefferson County
3rd Place - "There's nothing sweeter than to elect your leader!"
Lucas Young, Benton Middle School, Marshall County
2013 Slogan Contest Winners
1st Place - "Make a choice. Use your voice. Vote!"
Kassidy Kobb, Home School, Muhlenberg County
2nd Place - "Be the change, to see the change. VOTE!"
Victoria Kelly Brunson, Northern Middle School, Pulaski County
3rd Place - "Voting is showing you care. [Clap twice.]"
Tiarra Adkins, Olmsted Academy South, Jefferson County
Honorable Mention - "We the people--Need to vote!"
Jessica Bailey, Wallins Elementary, Harlan County
2012 Slogan Contest Winners
1st Place - "Voting! Kentucky's fuel of democracy."
Mackenzie F. Brunson, Northern Middle School, Pulaski County
2nd Place - "Drop the remote, put on your coat and go vote!"
Tyler Lawrence, Benton Middle School, Marshall County
3rd Place - "You determine Kentucky's future, make the right choice. Vote!"
Melody Decker, Union County Middle School, Morganfield
2011 Slogan Contest Winners
1st Place - "Your Vote. Your Choice. Kentucky's Future."
Clare Kresse, J. Graham Brown School
2nd Place - "It's your freedom; Vote Kentucky!"
Bailey Tungate, Lebanon Middle School
3rd Place - "Vote now or forever hold your peace."
James Jacobs, Saint Charles Middle School
Thank you to the Secretary of State's partners, including the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Education Association and KEA Retired, and Harp Enterprises, Inc., for their generous sponsorship of this program.