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Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest, third place: Exploring equality in our elections

Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest, third place: Exploring equality in our elections

By MADISEN BERRY, Ponderosa High School Student — Voting has always been an integral aspect of the United States; it represents our democracy and freedom from the previous tyranny of past monarchies. Throughout the country’s brief history, one can see the ups and downs of voting rights, from the highs of women’s suffrage to the lows of the Three-Fifths Compromise. With all that has gone on surrounding voting rights in the United States, it remains a controversial topic. I whole-heartedly believe in equal voting rights. The ability for someone to vote should not be hindered by their ethnicity, social status, or race. That being said, some people still struggle to vote because of the systems put into place by the government. State governments have recently been changing their laws to make it easier, or harder, for some people to vote.

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The Nature of Environmental Education 

The Nature of Environmental Education 

The naturalist who was leading the hike was skilled at pointing out the little details. I spotted several small foamy blobs on the riverside vegetation and inquired, “What’s that?” “Oh, that’s what spittlebugs do in the springtime,” replied our hike leader. I was immediately fascinated by these tiny plant-sucking nymphs which encase themselves in foam. It was the beginning of a lifelong passion and interest in the study of nature.

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