Essay Contest.

Scott Johnson Open Government
Essay Contest

The purpose of this contest is two-fold: to help educate young people about the importance of open government principles and to honor the memory of the late Scott Johnson, a former Washington Coalition for Open Government board member.

Stokes Lawrence is proud to be the primary sponsor of the Washington Coalition for Open Government’s Scott Johnson Open Government Essay.  Scott was a long-time shareholder at Stokes Lawrence and active with open government and First Amendment issues.

All high school students, grades nine through twelve, in all Washington public and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students at the equivalent stage of their education are encouraged to submit an entry.

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an honorary one-year nonvoting membership on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. Other awards may be made at the discretion of the judges and with approval of the WCOG board of directors.

Past Recipients

+2016 - Kaitlin Christensen

July 1, 2016
Winning Essay

Winner Photo cropped

Pictured: Kaitlin Christensen (Photo: David Montesino, News-Tribune)

+2014 - Justina Chen

June 3, 2014
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Chen, Justina homepage

Pictured: Justina Chen with WCOG President Toby Nixon.

Previous recipients by year – Contact our office for more information
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2014   *Details above

Justina Chen*Winner
Brian Sonderen – Runner Up
Emily Halvorson – Runner Up


Daniel Manwell – Winner
Nicole Laliberte – Runner Up