Rural Voices Winners Announced

This article was published on: 03/26/2020

rural voices youth contest logoTwo high school seniors in North Central Kansas are being recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award for submitting the top entries in the 2019-2020 Rural Voices Youth Contest sponsored by the NCRPC.

Jake Toole, a senior at Washington County High School, and Julisa Wolf, a senior at Ell-Saline High School, submitted the winning entries in this year’s contest. Each will receive a cash award of $850. The contest awards are named in honor of John Cyr who served for 22 years as the NCRPC Executive Director. Since 2006, NCRPC has awarded more than $24,000 through the Rural Voices Youth Contest.

Students had the option to submit an original essay or video reflective of this year’s contest theme of “Rural Kansas…Rural by Choice.” High school seniors in the 12-county NCRPC service area were eligible to participate.

“Sponsoring the contest is one way for our organization to encourage students to reflect on the many positive qualities of rural Kansas as they get ready to enter the next phase of life,” Doug McKinney said. “We are always impressed by the ideas presented in these entries.”

View the 2019-2020 winning entries.

This article appeared in the March 2020 NCRPC Newsletter.