Monmouth County Clerk’s 19th Amendment Centennial
Essay Contest for Seventh & Eighth Grade Students

Click here for the official contest rules and eligibility.

Click here to download a flyer for the contest.

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is inviting Monmouth County middle school students to enter the 19th Amendment Centennial Essay Contest, sponsored by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. To commemorate this historic milestone, the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office has launched an essay contest for seventh and eighth grade students!

“Since my office oversees a large part of the elections process for Monmouth County, I am very excited to announce this new essay contest to commemorate this historic milestone which granted women the right to vote,” said Clerk Hanlon. “As we approach 2020, I am hoping that this contest will inspire our middle school students to learn more about the men and women who contributed to such a major turning point in our country’s history.”

The First, Second, and Third Place winners will receive a gift card prize and will be honored by Clerk Hanlon at an awards ceremony during the County Clerk’s 24th Annual Archives and History Day on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan. This year’s event theme is “New Jersey in Focus: Four Centuries of Monmouth County Women” and will feature panel discussions, lectures, and a history forum regarding the topic of the women’s suffrage movement.

The essay contest is open to seventh and eighth grade students who reside in Monmouth County and/or attend a high school in Monmouth County.

Aside from the top three winners receiving a gift card prize and being honored at the County Clerk’s Archives and History Day, their winning essays will also be showcased on the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office website and through Clerk Hanlon’s year-long recognition program of the 19th Amendment Centennial.

Entries will be accepted from Sept. 16 until the deadline of Oct. 7. Entries will be accepted via email to and mail to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Attn: 2019 Student Essay Contest, Monmouth County Clerk, 33 Mechanic Street, Freehold, NJ 07728.

For full contest rules and eligibility and to download a contest flyer, please visit the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office website at

For questions about the contest, please contact the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office by emailing or calling 732-431-7324, ext. 8735.

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PHONE: 732-431-7324, ext. 8735