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Murphy Announces State of the Union Essay Contest for High School Students

Students from central Florida will have the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to hear the President’s annual address to Congress

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Washington, January 8, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today invited 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.

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.”

The contest winner and a parent or guardian will receive free roundtrip travel and lodging for one night in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, eligible students should visit Congresswoman Murphy’s website by visiting or calling (888) 205-5421.

Video of Congresswoman Murphy announcing this contest can be found  here. To download broadcast quality video, click  here. 

A transcript of her remarks can be found below.

Hi, I’m Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy. I want to share an exciting opportunity for high school students who live in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.

We are launching an essay contest, where the winner will attend the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 4 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Here is what you need to do: write a 500-word essay on why young people should be civically engaged and send it to us by Friday, January 17 at noon.

A group of local educators will review these essays and my office will announce the lucky winner.

If you win, you will receive free travel and stay for one night in Washington D.C. for you and a guest to attend the State of the Union.

Again, the deadline is Friday, January 17 at noon. To find out more, visit my website at

I look forward to hearing from all the young voices in my district.


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