HELENA, Mont. – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen officially launched the 2022 US Constitution Contest during a Constitution Day celebration in the State Capitol on Monday. The contest, “Why the Constitution is Important to Me”, is open to all Montana students K-12.
“I’m excited to unveil our second US Constitution Contest after last year’s inaugural contest received such incredible submissions from students across the state,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “This contest is a great opportunity for students and teachers to learn about our constitution, explore our government, and understand the importance of voting.”
Constitution Day, September 17, is celebrated annually to commemorate the signing of the US Constitution. This year marks the 235th anniversary of its formation and signing in 1787. Secretary Jacobsen spoke about citizenship and the importance of voting during Monday’s celebration in the Capitol rotunda.
“There are two civic duties for citizens of our great nation – serving on a jury and exercising your right to vote. Montanans and Americans can determine the future of our state and country by recognizing the importance of voting,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “It’s a great responsibility, but it’s one that gives every eligible voter a voice.”
Monday’s celebration included Lt. Governor Kristen Juras sharing a proclamation from Governor Greg Gianforte, as well as a presentation on school civics by Superintendent of Schools Elsie Arntzen.
Molly Gilbert, middle school winner from the 2021 US Constitution Contest, sang her song “What the Constitution Means to Me” for attendees. Gilbert was one of six students honored during the inaugural contest.
Secretary Jacobsen also highlighted the YouthVote Program, which will take place later this fall. Under the guidance of the Youth Voting Act, the Secretary of State’s Office and Office of Public Instruction will partner to bring Montana schools an opportunity to engage in the electoral process. Montana Youth Vote will provide the students with practical experience in the democratic process by voting for candidates and ballot issues appearing on the ballot in November’s midterm General Election.
For more information about the YouthVote Program and the Secretary of State’s US Constitution Contest, visit https://civics.sosmt.gov.