2019 Scott Johnson Open Government Essay Contest Entries Due April 21

The 2019  topic is “What is ‘open government’ to me, and why should it matter to my generation?” and the contest is open to high school students in Washington state.

The contest honor the memory of Scott Johnson, a former Washington Coalition for Open Government board member and attorney with Stokes Lawrence. It also helps to educate young people about the importance of open-government principles.

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an honorary one-year non-voting membership on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government; other awards may be given at the Coalition’s discretion. Winners will be notified in May, and awards presented by June.

Entries must be emailed to info@washingtoncog.org by April 21. Please submit your entries with the e-mail header: “WCOG Essay Contest”

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