The Tennessee Secretary of State’s has announced the winners of its 2017 civics essay contest. Students were asked to write about citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level. Winners will receive a TN Stars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and a trip to the state capitol this spring. First place winners will receive a $500 scholarship, with second and third place winners receiving $250 and $100 respectively. In the listening area, Asa Cullity of South Cumberland Elementary School in Cumberland County placed second in the third-fifth grade division and Ava Aldridge from Allons Elementary School in Overton County took honorable mention in the kindergarten through second grade class.