Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented Cumberland County High School student Abbigail Miller with an award yesterday for her second-place finish in the statewide 2020 Civics Essay Contest. The subject was students who served as poll officials in the presidential election. Miller received a $500 TN Stars 529 College Savings Program scholarship.
“Through her experience working at her local polling location and helping voters cast their ballots Abbi said she learned the importance of exercising your civic duty and serving in your community,” said Secretary Hargett. “She also said she would like to work as a poll official again for the next election. Tennessee is fortunate to have young people like Abbi and the many others who stepped up to serve as poll officials.”
Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton offered his congratulations to Miller. “I am proud to recognize this emerging leader in our community and state with a $500 scholarship through the TN Stars 529 College Savings Program for her excellence in performing her civic duties.”
This year’s civics essay contest was open to any Tennessee high school student, age 16 or older, who worked as a poll official during early voting or on Election Day for the presidential election.
This essay contest is part of the Secretary of State’s civics engagement initiative to prepare students to be actively engaged citizens.