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Rural Voices Contest

John AndersonNovember 1, 2021

High School Seniors Invited to Compete in Rural Voices Contest


High school seniors in North Central Kansas are invited to compete for a chance to win $850 by submitting an entry in the 2021-2022 Rural Voices Youth Contest. The North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas, sponsors the contest and has awarded more than $26,000 to high school seniors from around the region since 2006.


To enter, high school seniors may submit an original essay or short video reflective of this year’s contest theme, which is “Rural Kansas…Tomorrow’s Leaders.” Students submitting the top two entries will receive a cash award of $850 and be recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award. The award is named in honor of Cyr who served for 22 years as NCRPC Executive Director.

Any senior in high school who lives in or attends a school in the 12-county NCRPC service area is eligible to enter the contest — including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline and Washington. The deadline to submit an entry is February 1, 2022. Additional information is available at www.ncrpc.org/ruralvoices.

“The NCRPC is excited to kick-off our annual Rural Voices scholarship contest,” North Central Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Emily Benedick said. “Seeing and hearing how high school seniors perceive their rural hometowns always reinvigorates a sense of pride in all that our rural areas truly have to offer.”


The NCRPC is committed to advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and development services. Its primary service area includes 12 counties and 83 cities in North Central Kansas. For more information about the NCRPC, visit www.ncrpc.org.






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