U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is inviting high school students from Florida’s Seventh Congressional District to participate in an essay contest for a chance to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address as Murphy’s guest. The President will deliver his address on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at the U.S. Capitol. To participate, students must write a 500-word essay on the importance of youth civic engagement and submit it to Murphy’s office by Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at noon. A group of local educators will review the essays, and Murphy will announce the winner the week of Monday, Jan. 20.

The contest winner and a parent or guardian will receive free roundtrip travel and lodging for one night in the Washington, D.C. area.

Murphy is the Chair of Future Forum, an influential group of young House Democrats who advocate for issues and opportunities important to younger Americans. She emphasized that she wants to use this historic occasion to elevate the voices of young people in her district.

“This competition will allow civic-minded high school students in central Florida to engage in the democratic process and share their views on issues that directly affect them,” said Murphy. “The winner will have the unique opportunity to travel to Washington to listen to the President’s address and join me in taking part in this historic tradition. I look forward to reading the essays submitted by young leaders in my district and I wish them all luck.”
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