The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners will be hosting for the fifth year an essay contest on county government. The topic of the essay is, “How does my county government improve the lives of its citizens?”
The annual contest is open to 9th and 10th grade students in North Carolina public and charter schools. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay. The entry deadline is April 30, 2012. The winning student and the teacher who submits the winning essay will each win $500 and will be recognized at a meeting of their county’s board of commissioners.
Rebecca Lowder, a student at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, won the 2011 contest. Her winning essay focused on the role that counties play in public safety, protecting the environment and animal control, among others.
The complete contest rules, along with the winning essays from each of the previous four years, are posted on the NCACC’s county government website, www.welcometoyourcounty.org.
The site is designed for citizens and students who would like to learn more about county government and contains information on why counties and county governments exist, where counties receive their funding, what services they provide, who runs county governments, and more.
In 2004, the Association Board of Directors adopted five strategic goals. One of these goals is to inform the public and the media about the role of county government. In 2008 as part of the Association’s centennial celebration, the Board of Directors approved the annual essay contest to encourage students and teachers to focus on county government in the classroom. Previous winners have been from Onslow County, Pender County and Cleveland County.