Tennessee DKG Essay Contest 

Tennessee State Organization State Projects Committee is charged with promoting literacy. For thirty-six years, the committee has hosted an annual High School Essay Contest.

The year 2020 marked the first year middle school-aged students were included. The 2021 Essay Contest is open to Tennessee middle school and high school students, public and private, grades 6 – 12.

The 2021 topic is of particular interest to all or us as we have been living in an increasingly virtual world. Schools, churches, conventions, and even family gatherings have all been moved online due to Covid 19.


The 2021 topic is:

Is internet access a necessity of modern life, like running water or electricity, or is it a bonus, something that is nice to have but not a requirement?

Prizes: one set each for middle school & high school contest

First Prize $250 - winner will be invited to attend

the awards luncheon at the TNSO Convention

Second Prize - $125

Third Prize - $75

Deadline for submission - February 26, 2021


2020-2021 Essay Contest Rules & Cover Sheet

High School:

1st: Appreciation for the 19th Amendment

Sage Colbaugh

Meigs County High School

Gamma Zeta


2nd: Women’s Suffrage

Madison Smith

Sevier County High School

Gamma Nu


3rd: The Women’s Suffrage and its Relevance Today

Katherine Lewis 

Union County High School 

Beta Pi Chapter

Middle School:

1st: From Suffering to Suffrage

Stephanie Shuman

Rossview Middle School

Eta Chapter


2nd: 100 Year of Change in Voting Rights of Women

Katherine Kim

New Providence Middle School

Eta Chapter

We are a professional international honor society of key women educators.
Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide.  We are the

Tennessee State Organization of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.


Sherrie Collins - Webmaster

Updated: September 2020

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