FIS student among 12 TN essay honorees

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett recently announced the results of the 2023-24 Civics Essay Contest, which included 12 top finishers across the Volunteer State.

Among two Knox County top three finishers was Nancy Claire Johnson of Farragut Intermediate School, who claimed third place statewide in the 3rd-5th Grade group.

“The contest was open to all Tennessee students in public, charter, private school or homeschool associations in grades pre-K to 12,” stated a press release from Hargett’s office. “Schools selected up to two essays from each grade level to submit for the contest, which featured the theme ‘Why Civility Matters.’”

“I am proud of and want to congratulate our 2023 winners and all of the 7,749 students from across Tennessee who participated in this year’s Civics Essay Contest,” Hargett said. “Through their participation, these students learned why their vote matters, and they are better prepared to participate in our electoral process as adults.”

Each winner receives a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and a trip to the State Capitol in Nashville. First-place winners receive a $500 scholarship, second-place winners receive $250 and third-place winners receive $100.