The League of Women Voters Sussex Highlands is proud to announce the first and second place winners of its essay contest for 2020. The essay posed the question to high school seniors, “Is voting a right or a privilege?”

The topic of this essay is timely for 2020, as this is the one hundred year anniversary of women’s right to vote in our country, and 100 years since the founding of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Grace Musilli, a 2020 graduate of High Point Regional High School, is awarded first place in the essay competition. Grace will attend American University in Washington, D.C. in the fall. She will enter a three year undergraduate degree program in politics, policy and law in the university’s scholars’ program.

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Lauren Johnson, a 2020 graduate of Sparta High School, is awarded second place. Lauren will attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the fall. Lauren in undecided in her major, but is considering in majoring in pre law or foreign affairs.

Both young women are excited to be voting in a national election for the first time in November, 2020. They encourage all 18 year olds to register to vote and make their voices heard with their votes. Grace and Lauren commented that the essay question, is voting a right or a privilege, seemed like a simple issue when they embarked on writing their essays. However, they quickly learned that the answer to the question is not so simple. Both women conducted in depth research to formulate their answer in this challenging essay competition.

The League of Women Voters Sussex Highlands applauds Grace Musilli and Lauren Johnson.