Sussex County sponsoring election contest

Sussex County students can earn a lesson in politics — and pocket a little cash for their education — this election season, as the County is once again is sponsoring its Election Year Scholarship Contest for local students. As in elections past, students will be asked to predict which candidates will win office in the 2014 general election, set for Nov. 4. The student with the most correct predictions will win a $200 scholarship, while five runners-up will each win $100 scholarships.

The scholarships will be paid upon each student’s enrollment in college or another post-high school educational program. The Sussex County Council first created the contest for the 2000 election.

Funding will come through councilmanic grants, as well as from the Moore & Rutt law firm.

“This is a fun, educational way to engage children in the political process,” County Administrator Todd F. Lawson said. “The contest gives them a chance to educate themselves about the candidates and the issues and have a little fun picking winners for all the races.”

Students 18 or younger who live in Sussex County are eligible to participate. Entrants will be asked to predict the winners of 22 federal, statewide and county races; the student with the most correct guesses will win. To break a tie, entrants will be asked to guess how many votes the winner of this year’s race for Delaware treasurer will collect in Sussex County. Winners will be announced once election results are certified.

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