Maggie Gibson, a second grader at Ezell Harding Christian School, won a second place prize in a civics essay contest that includes entries from across the state of Tennessee.
The contest was part of a civic engagement program sponsored by the office of Tennessee’s Secretary of State, Tre Hargett. Maggie was awarded with a $250 TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and will visit the State Capitol in the spring.
Maggie’s contest entry was an essay and a drawing illustrating the importance of voting.
Maggie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her essay and her reaction when she received the news that she had won.
AntiochTenn.com: Maggie, please tell our AntiochTenn.com readers why you think it’s important for citizens to vote.
Maggie: “It is important to vote because it gives people a voice.”
AntiochTenn.com: When you and your family received the news that you had won the second place prize how did you celebrate?
Maggie: “My teacher called my mom and told her the good news. When my mom told me I was so excited that I started crying. I called family members to tell them the exciting news. ”
AntiochTenn.com: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Maggie: “When I grow up I want to be an artist.”
Congratulations, Maggie. Your school and your community are very proud of you.