The contest is limited to one entry per student. Every entry must meet the following criteria to qualify.
Select one elected official that represents you, write in the name of that person, and send them a letter using the form below. Helpful hint: select the elected official that is most appropriate for the topic you select.
A subject category must be selected.
You must briefly describe your issue in 100 characters.
You must do two things in your letter: 1. Educate your elected official about your issue; 2. Propose a solution or improvement. Word count must be between 300-450.
Entries that do not meet ALL of the above criteria will be disqualified. Entries must be completed in one session. You cannot start an entry, leave the form, and restart your entry at a later date.
Performances Dates: Performances dates are Thursday, April 19 (7:30 pm) and Saturday, April 21 (2:00 pm.) You will be assigned one date to attend with your elected official. Because of the limited number of tickets available to Hamilton, there is no flexibility in selecting a preference. Priority for the Saturday performance will be given to students living more than 50 miles from Salt Lake City.
Selection Criteria: Winners will be drawn randomly, not competitively, but you are encouraged to think critically and thoughtfully about your issue.
Use of Letters: All entry letters will be forwarded to the elected official after winners are selected. Elected officials often respond to constituent letters. State officials may not have the opportunity to respond until after the legislative session ends on March 8.
Who Gets Tickets: Each Legislative district, Salt Lake City Council district, and Salt Lake County Council district is allocated four tickets:
There are no tickets available for the parents or guardians of student winners.
Who’s Eligible: Students in grade 9–12 are eligible to participate.
Number of Entries: Students may only submit one entry.
Ticket Cost: Tickets for students are free. Elected officials are required to purchase their own tickets.
Reimbursable Costs: Students that travel more than 50 miles from Salt Lake City are encouraged to request reimbursement for costs. Allowable reimbursements include car mileage at 53 cents per mile, one night hotel lodging at a maximum of $95 per night, food for two people (the winning student and one parent or guardian) at a maximum of $42 per day each. Requests for reimbursement must include receipts and Google Maps directions to verify travel was 50 miles or more from Salt Lake City.