Edwin M. Stanton Elementary, Merion Elementary Win Rendell Center Citizenship Contest

December 19, 2014

Edwin M. Stanton Elementary and Merion Elementary were the champions of this year’s Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia University essay contest. Students in the 4th and 5th grade classes were recognized during an event on Dec. 18 at the National Constitution Center. Judge Marjorie Rendell, former PA Governor Ed Rendell, Arcadia Provost Dr. Barbara Nodine, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, and Philadelphia sportscaster and legendary reporter Ray Didinger served as judges for the event.

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The contest sought essays and supportive videos or visual presentations on online voting and whether it should be a mechanism to increase voter participation in the U.S.

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The students from Merion Elementary presented a video piece starring Merion students and guest stars John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Ben Franklin (speaking in Ben Franklin proverbs). Edwin M. Stanton Elementary performed a skit pushing for higher voter turnout through ideas such as mobile polling places and voting reminders on the backs of cereal boxes. The winners received $1,000 to be used for educational programming, as well as a civics library. In addition, honorable mentions went to classes from Cynwyd Elementary and Chestnutwold Elementary, who each received $500.