Tennessee DKG Essay Contest 

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

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


The 2020 Essay Contest topic was based on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country.


2020 Essay Contest Topic:
“I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned.”
– Lucy Stone

Comment on the quote using the issue of women's suffrage to provide context and provide a discussion of its impact and/or relevance to individuals today.

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

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Sherrie Collins - Webmaster

Updated: September 2020

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