WHS students pen winning essays about the importance of voting
Feb. 17, 2017
Congratulations to Rubab Raza, Jeffrey Czarnecki and Jenna Wescott — the Watervliet High School ninth-graders were the top three finalists in the 2016-17 essay contest sponsored by the Watervliet Elks.
This year, the Elks asked students to write essays based on the theme: “Why Is It Important to Vote?”
Representatives from the Watervliet Elks presented prizes to the students on Friday, Feb. 17 during English class.
The top prize was awarded to ninth-grader Rubab Raza. In her essay Rubab wrote that casting a vote fulfills the most important act in society because it ensures that individual voices are heard. She also wrote that it is important to read about and learn what candidates’ beliefs and values are so that you vote for the person who best represents you.
Classmate Jeffrey Czarnecki earned second prize with his essay. He wrote that it is everyone’s constitutional right to vote and that we should remember and honor those who fought to protect the freedom that we have today. He added that voter apathy is dangerous and that if we care about our country, we should all vote.
In her essay, third-prize winner Jenna Wescott wrote that it is important to make your voice heard because decisions and laws made by elected officials affect everything from healthcare to education.